Oconee Regional Medical Center

Cardiopulmonary Testing

Cardiopulmonary Testing

Cardiopulmonary Testing Services

Lower Arterial Screen Test

Purpose :

This test evaluates factors that may indicate the presence of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Your physician will answer any questions you may have. Preparation: Unless directed otherwise by your physician, you can take your medications as usual.

Procedure:

During the test you will lie on an examination table. Blood pressure readings will be made in your arms and legs. The technician will also use a special ultrasound probe to help assess blood flow. You may have readings taken before and immediately after exercising to capture the severity of the narrowing of arteries.

After Care:

When testing is completed, you may resume all normal activities. Follow up with your attending physician to discuss the results of your test. Results usually are available to the physician in 1-2 business days.

Please call (478) 454-3620 to speak with Cardiopulmonary staff if you have any questions.

Tilt Table Test

Purpose :

This test evaluates possible causes of unexplained fainting. Due to some risks associated with this test, it requires your informed consent. Your physician or the supervising physician will answer any questions you may have.

Where:

You will report to the Admitting area on the 1st floor of Park Tower at Oconee Regional Medical Center.

Preparation:

Do not have anything to eat or drink for two hours prior to this examination. Unless directed otherwise by your physician, you can take your medications as usual. Please check with your physician as to which medications you may take prior to this test.

Procedure:

An IV will be placed in your arm or the back of your hand and heart monitor electrodes will be taped to your chest during the test. Tilt testing is always done under the direct supervision of a physician. During the test you will be on a special bed, or “tilt table” that can change your position from lying down to standing. The tilt table has a foot platform and safety belts that prevent slipping off of the table.

During the course of the test your position will be changed from lying to standing while being monitored for symptoms that may provide insight as to reasons for fainting. Tell the testing staff if you experience any sweating, light-headiness, dizziness, or abnormal feelings. Results of tilt table testing are based on whether or not you faint during the test.

After Care:

When testing is completed, you may resume all normal activities. Follow up with your attending physician to discuss results. Results usually are available to the physician in 1-2 business days.

Please call (478) 454-3620 to speak with Cardiopulmonary staff if you have any questions.