Heart & Lungs
Taking care of your heart and lungs is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health.
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Our cardiopulmonary department combines two specialized areas: the heart and lungs. By working closely with your physician, our cardiopulmonary team, comprised of respiratory therapists, cardiac sonographers and nurses, can help diagnose heart conditions and lung disease or measure progress in disease treatment.
The cardiopulmonary department is conveniently located just inside the hospital’s main entrance. With a dedication to providing the highest quality of care and testing, we utilize state-of-the-art technology and ensure our staff receives ongoing education.
As an accredited member of The Christ Hospital Chest Pain Network, MMH partners with The Christ Hospital so patients have support to better manage heart disease. Click here to learn more about available support groups.
Types of Cardiopulmonary Tests
identify abnormalities. At Margaret Mary, we offer three types – transthoracic, stress and pharmacologic. During a transthoracic echo, a technician will aim an ultrasound beam at your heart to record images for your doctor. A stress echo is much like a transthoracic echo, however the images of your heart will be taken before and immediately after walking on a treadmill. This is done because some heart problems occur only during physical activity. If you are having a stress echo, make sure you wear comfortable shoes for walking. A pharmacologic echo uses an injection of a medication to make your heart work harder. If your results are normal, no further testing may be needed. If the results are concerning, you may be referred to a cardiologist for more tests. Margaret Mary’s Echo Lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.
your heart. This test is used to identify patterns among heartbeats and rhythms to diagnose various heart conditions. During this quick and noninvasive test, you’ll lie on a table and electrodes will be attached to your arms, legs and chest. All results will be sent to your doctor and treatment will depend on what’s causing your signs and symptoms.
takes place over 1-3 days, helps detect irregularities in the heart that can not be detected during a quick EKG. During the test, electrodes that are attached to your chest are connected to a recording device. The monitor should not be taken off and can’t get wet. During the test, you can continue your usual daily activities, but you will be asked to keep a diary of everything you do. Once your monitoring period is over, you’ll go back to your doctor’s office to return the Holter monitor. All test results will be sent to your doctor.
treadmill while your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored. Electrodes will be placed on your chest, legs and arms, and a blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm. A stress test is generally safe, and complications are rare. Wear or bring comfortable clothes with you to the test. When finished, you may return to your normal activities.
scalp to detect electrical activity in your brain. An EEG is used to determine changes in brain activity that may be useful in diagnosing brain disorders, especially epilepsy. You’ll feel little or no discomfort during an EEG.
move gases such as oxygen into the body’s circulation. During the test, you breathe into a mouthpiece. Pulmonary function tests are done to diagnose lung disease, measure progress in disease treatment and find the cause of shortness of breath.
Our goal is to help you resume an active, productive life.
If you’ve experienced medical issues with your heart or lungs, our rehab programs can help you regain strength and reduce your risk of future problems. Our facility offers state-of-the-art equipment including treadmills, stationary bicycles, recumbent steppers, rowing machines and free weights.
Whereas cardiac rehab is designed to help you recover from heart conditions (such as a heart attack, coronary artery bypass, valve replacement or stent placement), pulmonary rehab is for people with chronic lung diseases like COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The facility operates under the direction of a nurse and exercise specialist, with assistance from an overseeing medical director, social workers, dietitians and other health care professionals.
Physical activity is an important part of our programs as exercise can improve the function of your heart and lungs. If you’ve never exercised before, don’t worry. We will make sure your program is tailored to meet your needs and moves at a pace that is comfortable and safe for you.
During rehab, we’ll also educate you about such topics as weight loss, nutrition, smoking cessation, blood pressure, medications and pain/fatigue. Another benefit is the camaraderie. Many of our patients say they enjoy getting to know and work out with others who have gone through similar experiences they have.
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