Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Lab
The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Lab (CVP) is a non-invasive lab that provides comprehensive diagnostic testing for heart, lung, and cardiovascular diseases. The tests are administered only by trained professionals and the results are confidential.
To schedule a test, call Central Scheduling at 740-439-8930. Make sure you note which test you are scheduling. If you have any questions prior to your test, please call 740.439.8461.
Our normal hours of operation are 7am through 3:30pm Monday – Friday. We-re located on the 4th floor of the West tower. Please enter through the main entrance and continue to Outpatient Registration located on the ground floor. If you’re having a test performed, you must register first. After you’ve been registered, the staff will instruct you on how to get to the CVP lab.
The CVP lab at Southeastern Med offers the following tests:
We use Echocardiogram’s high-frequency sound waves to acquire images of your heart and its various structures. The results help the team at the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Lab determine if your heart is causing or contributing to your illness in any way.
During the test, you will be asked to lie on your left side while a trained technician records images of your heart. The test usually takes around 45 minutes, it doesn't hurt, and there are no known complications. During your test you may hear different noises; these noises are actually the sound of blood being pumped through your heart.
Once the test is completed, the technician will escort you out. Please understand that your technician will not discuss the results with you as your physician is responsible for going over that information.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the CVP lab at 740.439.8460.
The stress echo is an exercise stress test and an echocardiogram used to diagnose heart disease. The exercise portion requires you to walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike until you tire, experience symptoms or reach a predetermined endpoint. We’ll start the test easy and gradually increase the intensity. There is no set time that you must remain on the treadmill. During the test you will be hooked to an EKG machine, which will display the electrical activity of your heart on a screen. Your physician and a trained technician from the Southeastern Med Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Lab will monitor your EKG and document your heart's response to exercise.
For the echocardiogram you will lay on your left side while a technician uses high frequency sound waves to gather images of your heart. The images are recorded before and after exercise and compared, so your physician can determine if your heart responded appropriately. The results of the echocardiogram and the EKG will help determine whether or not you have heart disease.
For this test, report tocentral registration on the ground floor of Southeastern Med. After you register, you will be given directions to our Endoscopy unit. Your family and friends may sit in the waiting room.
We recommend that you eat a light meal on the day of your test and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Also, take all of your prescribed medications unless instructed otherwise. Plan for the test to take one-and-a-half to two hours.
PHARMACEUTICAL STRESS TESTING
The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Lab administers this test when your physician at Southeastern Med wants to stress your heart with medication instead of exercise. The medication helps us determine if your heart is getting an adequate amount of blood for your body to function properly.
It's extremely important to check with your physician prior to this test to make sure there are no medications that might interfere with the results.
GRADED EXERCISE, STRESS AND TREADMILL TESTING
This test consists of walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike while being monitored for heart conditions. During the test, we’ll start you at a light level of work and gradually increase until symptoms occur, your physician has enough data to make a diagnosis, or you reach a predetermined heart rate. We’ll place patches on different spots on your chest and connect them to a machine that allows your physician to monitor your heart.
You can prepare by asking if there are any medications you shouldn't take. We also ask that you do not eat, drink caffeinated beverages or smoke or chew tobacco for the 6 hours before the test.
In addition to the regular portion of the test, your doctor may also want to scan your heart using an injection of Cardiolite, a radioactive material that clears from your body naturally. The amount of radiation you will be exposed to is minimal, equal to that of an X-ray or CAT scan. Cardiolite allows us to compare blood flow to your heart during rest and after the stress test.
The Holter monitor uses 7 small patches to record electrical activity of your heart from three different angles for a 24 hour period. We collect the information on a small computer card which can be taken out and analyzed by our specialists at the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Lab.
The Holter monitor counts and analyzes each of your heartbeats while you're wearing it. We use that information to determine if your symptoms are the result of an irregular heartbeat or a lack of blood flow. The monitor can also be used to determine the effectiveness of treatments for irregular heartbeats.
No special preparations are required for the Holter Monitor, but you will need to wear loose-fitting clothing. The patches can't get wet, so you will not be able to bathe or shower for a 24-hour period.
It takes about 20 minutes to hook up the monitor, and you will wear it for 24 hours. The monitor takes approximately 5 minutes to remove.
If you have been experiencing fainting spells, also called syncope, the tilt-table test can help determine the cause. Often a change in position, such as moving from sitting to standing, causes individuals to become faint. We use the tilt-table test to see how well your heart and circulatorysystem respond to such a change.
You will be instructed to lay down on the tilt-table in our Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Lab. After your preliminary heart rate and blood pressure are recorded, your doctor will raise the table to the almost standing position. If the test is negative, we may add medicine to your IV line or place a nitroglycerine tablet under your tongue to see if they cause you to faint. If they don't cause you to faint, the table will be loweredand the test will be over. If you faint during the test, we will immediately lower the table and help you regain consciousness.
Don’t eat 4-6 hours prior to the scheduled test time, and please make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from Southeastern Med. Check with your doctor to make sure there aren't any medications you shouldn't take prior to the test and bring a list of your current medications.
PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTING
Pulmonary Function Testing includes a number of tests that require you to blow into a tube while sitting in a chair.
Each test measures your specific lung functions or records the volume of air in your lungs. These measurements allow us to reach a diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan if necessary. The test may also be used to determine if your medication is working effectively.
To prepare for the test, wear loose clothing that doesn’t restrict your ability to take deep breaths. You should also avoid large meals prior to the scheduled test time. Please ask your doctor if you should avoid inhaled medications before the test. Most doctors will recommend withholding inhaled medications for 6 hours prior to the test.
A Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) is an ultrasound we use to examine your heart and its structures. The cardiologist inserts the ultrasound probe in your esophagus to obtain clear and detailed picturesof your heart. That helps us determine the causes of your symptoms.
Do not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to the test. If your test is scheduled as an outpatient procedure, please make sure that a family member or friends drives you to and from our hospital. Inform the doctor in charge of your test if you have had any problems with swallowing or your stomach in the past. Also, please remove any dentures or oral prostheses before the test.
The TEE is safe, but complications have been known to occur, including breathing problems, abnormal heart rhythms, infection of heart valves, bleeding, reaction to the medications given, and rare instances of esophagus damage. Please ask your physician if you have any questions.