Cardiopulmonary Lab to Diagnose Heart Conditions
The Cardiopulmonary Lab, on the first floor of Spartanburg Regional Heart Center is a central location for a variety of tests to diagnose heart conditions without the need for surgery. With information from these tests, your doctor will determine the best options for care.
Some of the tests we perform:
- Echocardiogram: An ultrasound to examine the heart, including the valves, chambers and blood vessels
- Stress echocardiogram: An echocardiogram performed while the heart is working hard, or “under stress,” while you are doing physical exercise, for example.
- Nuclear and Non-nuclear Cardiac (Heart) Stress Test: A procedure to see how well the heart works during physical activity, compared to when you are resting. These are physical tests where patients walk briskly on a treadmill to get the heart rate up. For those who cannot exercise this way, a medicine increases the heart rate instead. For a nuclear stress test, staff use a needle, or injection, to put a small amount of a radioactive substance in the blood. Special scanners create images as it flows through the blood vessels. See a video about stress testing.
- Tilt Table Testing: To evaluate people who have unexpected bouts of fainting, or syncope, caused by one of several heart conditions.
For more information about these and other tests and treatments, please call the Spartanburg Regional Heart Center: 864-560-8154.