Cardio-Respiratory services offers the following clinics and services with a referral from their doctor. Services include:
An echocardiogram uses sound waves (ultrasound) to create a picture of your heart in order to show the shape, texture and movement of your heart valves, as well as the size of your heart chambers and how well they are working.
Bicycle Stress Echocardiogram A bicycle stress echocardiogram is a test performed to evaluate your heart. The test involves an echocardiogram, (ultrasound of your heart), an electrocardiogram (ECG) and a supine bicycle attached to a bed. The supine bike allows the patient to pedal (exercise) while lying flat on the bed. The bicycle stress echocardiogram is performed while the patient is pedaling.
An electrocardiogram is a test that checks how your heart is functioning by measuring the electrical activity of the heart. Ten electrodes are attached to the patient's chest, arms and legs to record heart rate and rhythm.
An electroencephalogram is a test that detects electrical activity in your brain using small, metal discs (electrodes) attached to your scalp.
Exercise Stress Test
A stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps a doctor find out how well your heart handles work. The patient is attached to a monitor while they walk on a treadmill. Their heart rate, rhythm and blood pressure are monitored by the cardio technologist. Every 3 minutes the speed and incline increases until a designated maximum is reached. The test takes approximately 30 minutes.
Note: No medications, food or caffeine on the day of your test.
This clinic provides management of medications for treatment of heart failure (congestive heart failure), education about diet, lifestyle, and provides tools for you to manage your heart failure.
A Holter monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records your heart's electrical activity. The test can be 24 hours, 48 hours or 7 days. The only restriction is no bath or shower while wearing the monitor (directions given for temporary removal for longer studies). The monitor is then returned to RVH. Holter Monitor Drop off boxes are located outside of the Cardio Respiratory Treatment Clinic and in the Atrium Entrance (on the right hand side in between the sliding doors when entering the health centre).
Nuclear Exercise Test / Persantine Test
This is usually a two day test done in the imaging department, nuclear medicine. The same as a regular exercise test but an IV is inserted so that a radioactive tracer can be injected while walking. Then pictures of your heart are taken to see where the tracer is in the heart. Can also be done without walking on the treadmill using a medication, persantine, that acts the same as exercise.
Note: Each day takes approx. 2 hours. Usually no meds, food, or caffeine day of test.
Various breathing tests to assess lung function. Patient must be able to follow several instructions in order to obtain accurate results. The test takes approx. 40 minutes.
Note: May be some restrictions, ask your doctor.
Sleep studies help doctors diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, insomnia, and nighttime behaviors like sleepwalking and REM sleep behavior disorder. Studies completed on the third floor.
Urgent Cardiology Clinic
Cardiologist based clinic that assesses new onset Angina, Chest Pain, Congestive Heart Failure, Arrhythmias and Syncope. Diagnostic testing completed same day as ordered.
Note: Appointment time can take up to 4 hours.