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Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Continuing to Upgrade Equipment

Heart disease, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Various tests may be needed to diagnose heart disease; one of the tests that may be required is a stress test. CPMC Cardiopulmonary is excited to announce the arrival of a new and improved cardiac stress testing treadmill.

A stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps a doctor find out how well your heart handles work. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. It also helps doctors know the kind and level of exercise appropriate for an individual patient. The stress testing treadmill at CPMC allows for a nuclear stress test or a stress echo test.

The updated machine also has the capability to run Stress ABI's (Ankle Brachial Index) Testing. ABI is a simple test that compares the blood pressure in the upper and lower limbs. "Adding ABI's to our current services is a huge benefit for our patients," states Sarah Hogan, RHT. "It will reduce the need to travel out of the area and is a more in-depth test than the ABI's that had been used in the past. Anytime we, here at CPMC, are able to increase and advance our services is a big win for our local community and surrounding area."

At CPMC, the continuation of upgrades to the equipment used and the continuing education of employees allows for the highest quality of care to the patients they serve.

For more information on these tests, or the cardiopulmonary department, please call 283-7191