Hunt Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive heart and pulmonary testing in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. These tests, performed by our conscientious and highly trained staff, allow us to diagnose patients with asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia as well as other cardiopulmonary disorders. The heart and pulmonary testing that Hunt Regional offers includes:
Performed at our cardiovascular services center, this minimally invasive outpatient procedure allows for imaging of the heart and surrounding chest cavity without a hospital stay. The high-speed, state-of-the-art imaging machine produces a 2D Echocardiography (Cardiac Ultrasound) that allows our physicians to diagnose and manage heart disease.
Arterial Blood Gas Testing
This test allows our physicians to determine how well your heart and lungs are functioning. An arterial line, a catheter placed into an artery that allows for continuous blood pressure measuring, is inserted and blood is drawn from the line. That sample is analyzed by our staff to determine how your heart and lungs are working and aid in the diagnosis of pulmonary illnesses such as COPD and asthma.
Pulmonary Function Testing
Simple pulmonary tests allow our staff to measure how well your lungs are taking in and exhaling air as well as how well oxygen is being transferred into the blood and how much air your lungs can hold. Patients breathe into a mouthpiece attached to a recording device that measures total lung capacity in addition to the force with which you exhale after inhaling as deeply as possible. These pulmonary tests can help with the diagnosis of:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Respiratory infections
- Lung cancer
- Lung inflammation
24-Hour Holter Monitoring
This outpatient test allows for detailed monitoring of your heart over time, offering advantages over brief, in-office tests. The Holter Monitor, a battery-operated device about the size of a small camera with attached wires with electrodes that are adhered to the skin, measures continuous heart activity over a period of time designated by our physicians. This type of heart testing allows Hunt Regional physicians to determine if you have a slow, fast or irregular heartbeat.
This outpatient procedure provides the physicians at Hunt Regional with an ultrasound of the heart and arteries. After you are put under conscious sedation, a tube is passed through your mouth, down your throat and into the esophagus to take clear images of the heart’s upper chambers. This method offers more detail than a traditional echocardiography and will allow our physicians to see the size of the heart, thickness of its walls as well as diagnose any blood clots.
During this simple heart test, our physicians monitor your echocardiogram (EKG) while you walk on a treadmill, monitoring for any changes that would indicate blockage. For those not capable of walking on a treadmill for long enough to perform a Stress Echocardiogram, we can perform a Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram. During this process, dobutamine is infused through a catheter to increase your heart rate while your EKG is monitored, allowing us to mimic the traditional Stress Echocardiogram.
A cardiac CT scan for coronary calcium is a non-invasive way of identifying the location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. Because calcium is a marker of coronary artery disease (CAD), the amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan is a convenient way of evaluating whether you may be at increased risk for heart attack.
The goal of cardiac CT scanning for calcium scoring is to determine if CAD is present and to what extent. The exam takes little time, causes no pain, and does not require an injection of contrast material. No radiation remains in a patient’s body after a CT examination.
Hunt Regional Medical Center offers a cash price of $75 for cardiac CT exams for calcium scoring.
If you would like more information about cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing offered at Hunt Regional Medical Center or have any questions, please contact our Cardiopulmonary Department at 903-408-1840 or visit our Cardiology FAQ page.