This service consists of exercise, education and support for patients following heart attack, stable angina (chest pain) or heart surgery such as CABG, PTCA, stents and valve repair. The number of sessions depends on the insurance and patients' severity of disease/progress. Any age may participate with each session lasting approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. A registered nurse provides this outpatient service.
This clinic provides cardiac consultation with complete evaluation of hypertension, palpitations, irregular heartbeats, cholesterol/lipid, chest pain, and risk factors. The cardiologist will recommend further testing or treatment if necessary. Inpatients may also be consulted by the cardiologist if ordered.
Cardiac Holter Monitor
The Holter Monitor has 5 electrodes applied to patient's chest with a tiny monitor to carry with them for 24 or 48 hours as ordered by a physician. The procedure may be done as an inpatient or outpatient. After the monitor has been worn for the appropriate length of time, the nurse will remove the monitor and scan the report. The report will then go to the ordering physician and further evaluation or testing will be ordered if necessary.
Cardiac Stress Test
This is an exercise stress test that involves walking on a treadmill while hooked up to a cardiac monitor. The cardiologist and nurse are present to assess heart rhythm, pulse, blood pressure, and any symptoms the patient may experience.
The test is done to check electrical current of heart. The testing may be performed on all ages of patients and the average length of the test is 5 to 10 minutes. The procedure can be done by trained nurses, nurse aids, FNPs or Cardiopulmonary Staff as an outpatient or inpatient procedure.
Echocardiogram / Vascular Studies
Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. A Doppler is run over the chest area to get a view of the hearts chambers, blood flow, and valves. It also will include the hearts ejection fraction percent, which is the force in which the heart can pump blood out of heart to the rest of the body. Vascular tests are done for arterial studies of upper and lower extremities. The testing time is 45-60 minutes for age 12 and up. The procedure is performed by a licensed technician as an outpatient or inpatient procedure.
Community Hospital hosts a pacemaker clinic in conjunction with the cardiac clinics on a quarterly basis. The arrhythmia clinic at Bryan Heart Institute in Lincoln schedules the clinic and patients to be seen at Community Hospital -Fairfax.
Nuclear Medicine Clinic
Twice a month, this service provides cardiolite stress tests of the heart, with supervision by the cardiologist to detect blockages in the coronary arteries and more. There are also numerous other nuclear tests that may be performed while the nuclear technicians are here. These scans include bone, liver, spleen, lung renal, and HIDA scans.
For all of the Cardiopulmonary Services, please note:
Physician Referral Necessary
Appointments can be scheduled with Cardiopulmonary at through Outpatient Services at 660-686-2335
Patient needs to confer with their insurance company for pre-certification or referral options