Cardiopulmonary

Woodlawn Hospital's Cardiopulmonary department is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For additional information on any services, please call (574) 224-1169.

Diagnostic services include:

Cardiology Clinics: Through a cooperative partnership between Woodlawn Hospital and two of the most respected regional cardiology groups, we provide on-site cardiology services each week. Staff cardiologists with St.Vincent Medical Group of Indianapolis provide a Heart Clinic every Tuesday. Staff cardiologists of Beacon Medical Group Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists South Bend provide a Heart Clinic every Wednesday. The cardiologists bring a broad array of cardiology expertise ranging from general cardiology, echocardiography, stress echo, nuclear cardiology, and other heart related services.

Electrocardiograms (EKG): This test records the heart's electrical pattern to evaluate heart rate and rhythm. It provides the physician with information that may identify problems with heart health and functioning.

Cardiac Stress Testing: This test monitors the heart's rhythm in response to exercise, usually walking on a treadmill. It is capable of revealing potentially serious problems such as blockages in the vessels that supply blood to the heart that may not be seen on a resting EKG. All patients are safely monitored and continuously observed.

Nuclear Stress Testing: This test provides two specific imaging sets of the heart. The first imaging is done when the patient is at rest and the second imaging is done when the heart muscle is stressed. The heart may be stressed as a treadmill stress test. For those unable to walk on a treadmill, medication may be given in place of the treadmill. All patients are safely monitored and continuously observed.

Echocardiograms (Echo): This is a non-invasive ultrasound test that evaluates heart function. Stress echocardiography incorporates cardiac stress testing (treadmill test) and ultrasound cardiac imaging to assess heart wall motion as well as electrical and functional heart status.

Holter Monitor: This is a 24-48 hour recording of the patient's heart rhythm that evaluates symptoms that may be heart or rhythm related, but may not occur during the short period of time it takes to record an EKG. The patient comes to the hospital to have the monitor applied, and then is able to go about regular activities while the heart's activity is being recorded.

King of Hearts Monitor: This is similar to a Holter Monitor, but records heart activity when the patient activates the test, and is used to evaluate symptoms like dizziness, palpitations and chest pain which occur only infrequently. Unlike the Holter Monitor which records the heart for 24-48 hours, the King of Hearts Monitor can collect data for up to a month.

Electroencephalograms (EEG's): These are brain wave studies used to diagnose injuries or diseases of the brain. Resting baseline testing or 24-72 hour ambulatory testing on both adults and pediatrics are available.

Pulmonary Function Studies: This is a series of tests that measure lung health and function. These tests include basic spirometry, pre and post bronchodilator studies, and lung volume measurements that are helpful in diagnosing and treating diseases such as asthma, emphysema and other breathing related disorders.

Pulse Oximetry: This test is able to measure the amount of oxygen in a patient's blood. This is done by wearing a sensor connected to a small recorder which displays the oxygen saturation and pulse rate. The test results will determine if a patient has less than the normal amount of oxygen in the blood and may help evaluate the need for supplemental oxygen therapy.

Overnight Pulse Oximetry: This test evaluates the body's ability to keep safe and appropriate blood oxygen levels during sleep. This can be provided as an inpatient or an outpatient.

Sleep Studies conducted by the Sleep Center.

Adult Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Neonatal CPAP: This is a therapy that utilizes special masks to allow air to pass through the throat and nose, to prevent breathing disturbances and maintain safe oxygen levels in the body. The Sleep Center offers a free CPAP clinic Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm, to evaluate fitting and consultation to patients using this therapy.

Smoking Cessation Program: This program offers many benefits to patients who wish to quit smoking. This program provides support, classes, educational materials, and other helpful coping methods and instruction. Smoking cessation classes meet monthly for the public. Smoking cessation classes are available daily for patients in the hospital.