The Cardiopulmonary Services Department at Laurel Regional Hospital is a full- service division comprised of the following comprehensive services:
- Pulmonary Function Diagnostic Lab
- Respiratory Care Services Cardiology
The Cardiology department operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with on-call services providing excellent inpatient and outpatient state- of-the-art cardiac diagnostics such as:
An echocardiogram (also known as Echo) is a safe and painless procedure. This procedure helps the cardiologist and your primary care physician diagnose heart problems. Echocardiogram uses ultrasound via a transducer placed gently on the chest, picking up sound waves to create images of the heart. The Echo will show the size of the heart, the chambers and valves.
A stress test helps the doctor determine how well your heart handles increased work and will evaluate the heart rhythm while the patient is exercising. While walking on the treadmill, EKG leads are placed on the chest to record rhythm, heart rate and blood pressure changes. For those patients who are unable to exercise adequately, a drug is administered to mimic the effect of exercise on the heart.
Cardiac Nuclear Imaging
Cardiac nuclear imaging or perfusion scan is a way of checking blood flow through the muscle of the heart. During the exam, a small amount of radioactive material is entered into the blood stream and a camera scans the movement of the radioactive material as it flows through the heart. This material will leave the body within hours. Cardiac nuclear imaging may be a part of the stress test.
A holter monitor is a small recorder worn by the patient with leads placed on the chest and wires that connect to the recorder. Holter monitoring is helpful in diagnosing abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmia). During the exam, a monitor is worn for 24 hours to record heart rhythm while the patient performs daily duties.
Pulmonary Function Lab
The Pulmonary Function Diagnostic Lab at Laurel Regional Hospital offers pulmonary function testing, arterial blood gas analysis and simple spirometry.
Complete Pulmonary Function Test
Pulmonary function tests provide a way to evaluate how well your lungs are working. There are a series of tests you may be given. The test may take one hour or more. These tests can help explain shortness of breath, type of lung problem, the effects of smoking or if you are at risk of breathing problems during general anesthesia.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a recording of the electrical activity of the brain. EEG is a diagnostic tool used to evaluate seizure disorders, metabolic disorders, stroke, infections of the central nervous system, degenerative disorders, head trauma, headache, brain tumors and brain death. The EEG test is a painless procedure, which takes about 1-1⁄2 hours. The patient may be required to sleep during a portion of the test.
Respiratory Care Services
The registered respiratory therapist (RRT) is a licensed practitioner trained to work with the primary care or specialty physician and by orders of the physician, and assumes primary responsibility for all respiratory care, therapeutic interventions and diagnostic procedures. Registered respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all population of patients with diverse respiratory /pulmonary disorders from premature infants to geriatrics.
To learn more about services offered at Laurel Regional Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Services Department, please call 301-725-4300.