Heart, Pulmonary, and Vascular Care

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center offers the most comprehensive heart care services in the Magic Valley. With a Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Cardiology Department, and Respiratory Care Department, services include diagnostic and interventional catheterizations, pacemaker insertions, non-invasive cardiac studies, a cardiac and pulmonary functions lab, vascular studies, respiratory therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, education, and heart screenings.

Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Lab

  • Diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization
  • Pacemaker insertions and revision

The primary function of the Cardiac Cath Lab is diagnostic testing. We feature a fully registered staff with state-of-the-art equipment. The lab is located directly down the hall from the Emergency Department entrance.

Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics
The following procedures are performed in our lab:

EKG and electrocardiogram: A test that is performed to obtain an electrical reading of the heart. The information obtained allows the physician to determine if further testing is needed.

Holter monitor: Because the EKG gives only a brief reading of the electrical activity of the heart, your doctor may order a study that will supply him or her with more information. One test the doctor may order is a Holter monitor. A patient comes to the lab and has a small monitor attached that will record every heartbeat for the next 24 hours. Monitors are typically used for patients with symptoms of dizziness, fainting, rapid heart rate, and palpitations.

Stress Testing: This is follow-up testing for chest pain that may or may not be caused by the heart. Various forms of stress testing are available to your physician, from a basic walking stress test to tests that utilize pharmaceutical and radio nuclide agents, to stress echocardiogram. Your physician will decide which test is right for you.

Echocardiogram: This is a procedure done to assess the mechanical function of the heart by taking ultrasound images. The pictures obtained will show your doctor the size of your heart, if you have any murmurs and what might be causing them, and how well your heart is functioning.

Tran Esophageal Echocardiogram: If your doctor is not able to get adequate images with an echocardiogram, he or she may schedule a trans esophageal echocardiogram. This test is done as a same-day procedure. You will be sedated via an IV to relax you during the procedure. The doctor will insert a small scope down the esophagus until it is directly behind the heart. This allows for a clearer picture of the valves and smaller structures in the heart that may be difficult to see with a regular echocardiogram. Following the procedure, you will recover under observation until the sedation has worn off before leaving the hospital.

Education
Visit our classes section for current Heart and Vascular Classes and Events.

Cardiac Rehabilitation
This program is designed to help patients with coronary heart disease, heart attack, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema, asthma, bronchitis). Benefits of the program include decreased blood pressure, strengthened muscles, and increased energy.

Also see Vascular Lab


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