UMC recently became the only hospital in Southern Nevada to offer cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET), providing community members and local physicians with a valuable new resource supported by cutting-edge technology. In the past, many patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions traveled outside of Nevada to have this test performed, but the technology is now available at UMC, in the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District.
This test is used to guide treatment for heart failure, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cystic fibrosis and other conditions. Perhaps most importantly, the test plays a key role in determining whether a patient would serve as a candidate for an artificial heart, left ventricular assist device or heart transplant.
“At UMC, we are committed to providing our patients and their physicians with the advanced tools they need to promote successful medical outcomes,” said UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling. “Our expertly trained team members look forward to improving lives throughout the community by utilizing this test to guide important treatment decisions.”
Incorporating a specialized exercise bike linked to an advanced console with multiple monitors, UMC’s state-of-the-art CPET equipment provides physicians with a wealth of data related to patients’ cardiac and respiratory function during exercise, including oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide production. The test involves the use of a 12-lead electrocardiogram, pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor and a breathing mask with a flow sensor.
Following a basic history and physical, in addition to a pulmonary test, the exercise portion of the test typically takes five to 15 minutes, depending on the patient’s physical abilities. UMC recently began offering the test, and the hospital has received incredibly positive feedback from patients.
The data provided by the CPET can also play a key role in managing disease processes for patients with heart failure, COPD, cystic fibrosis and a variety of other conditions. This includes information that helps physicians identify dietary needs and exercise programs for their patients.
CPET appointments are typically available within one week. For more information about UMC’s CPET equipment, or to schedule an appointment for your patient, please call 702-383-3770.
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