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Cardiopulmonary services

Cardiology and pulmonary services at King's Daughters' Health work together as a single department. This provides patients easy access to both heart and lung services at one location. We call it cardiopulmonary services.

Cardiopulmonary services provides a wide range of heart and pulmonary procedures, including:

  • Pulmonary function testing.
  • EKG.
  • Stress testing.
    • Graded exercise.
    • Nuclear stress.
    • Pharmacological nuclear stress.
    • Stress echo.
  • Cardiac ultrasonography (ultrasound).
    • Transesophageal echo.
    • 2-D/M mode.
    • Doppler.
    • Color flow.
  • Ambulatory cardiac monitoring.
    • Holter monitoring.
    • EEG (brain wave test).
    • Vascular testing (carotid testing, lower and upper venous imaging, lower and upper arterial testing).

All diagnostic procedures are performed by teams members who are certified and registered through CCI or ARDMS. The vascular lab at King's Daughters' Health is nationally accredited through the ICAVL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories).

Cardiac catheterization lab

Cardiac catheterization provides specialized diagnostic testing for the assessment and intervention of heart-related function and arterial blockage. We are able to place stents and provide angioplasty at the hospital, a huge win for cardiac patients in our community. To learn more, contact the KDH cardiac cath lab at 812.801.0583.

What is cardiac catheterization?

Often called a heart cath, heart catheterization gives a trained cardiologist the ability to look inside the arteries around the heart, identifying any potential blockages. It's a powerful tool used in the diagnosis of heart disease—offering physicians the ability to measure heart chamber pressures and cardiac output, convert abnormal heart beats, and place temporary pacemakers. Trained staff can also stabilize patients suffering emergency cardiogenic shock.

Team members include highly trained cardiac physicians, registered nurses and a radiology technologist, all with a critical care background. All staff with our cardiac cath lab are certified in advanced cardiac life support.

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

Cardiac and pulmonary rehab services are based on exercise, education and social support. In most cases, insurance/Medicare will cover the early phases of the rehabilitation program.

Benefits of cardiopulmonary rehab include:

  • Improved quality of life.
  • Improved physical function.
  • Lower risk of death.
  • Decreased risk of depression.

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation patients

These patients include those who havehad a heart attack, bypass surgery, valve replacement or angioplasty; heart transplant recipients; those with chronic heart failure; and those with PVD (peripheral vascular disease).

Pulmonary rehabilitation patients

Includes those with asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer.

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