Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Stress and Tilt - Volume
Why we measure it - Our exercise physiologists perform stress and tilt tests to understand how the heart and lungs work together during times of stress. These tests are simple, quick and painless and do not use radiation. Our team conducts over 800 of these types of tests every year. Our advanced training and specialized equipment help us to interpret the data and deliver the most accurate results.
What this means - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures. An exercise stress test helps doctors determine how well a child's heart handles work. A tilt table helps diagnose fainting or blackout spells.
About the data - This graph reflects the stress and tilt procedures performed from 2009 through 2012.
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What we're doing to provide the best care:
- We expanded our clinic space to care for more patients.
- We use a combination of stress and echocardiogram (echo) testing for certain cardiac patients to create real-time images and measurements of how the heart functions during or immediately after exercise.
- Exercise stress test results can determine if a patient can safely participate in athletics or gym class. Exercise time varies depending on the patient's endurance level, symptoms and previous health history.
- Our tilt table (an electronic bed) helps diagnose fainting or blackout spells by monitoring heart rate and blood pressure responses during changes in posture.
- Utility of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) Guided Tilt Table Testing Danduran, MJ; Dixon, Jennifer; Thur, Ryan; Rao, Rohit
- Near infrared spectroscopic (NIRS) monitoring during cardiopulmonary exercise testing in children with and without heart disease: emerging new tool for investigating cardiovascular physiology in pediatric cardiology. Danduran, MJ; Rao, RP; Frommelt, PC; Ghanayem, NS; Hoffman, GM
- Daily physical activity levels of children with and without a congenital heart defect. Ewalt, LA; Swartz AM; Strath SJ, Danduran MJ, Moerchen VA; Carson Smith J.
Patients and families:
- If you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, please call Central Scheduling at (877) 607-5280 or (414) 607-5280 as soon as possible to reschedule so another child can be seen.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so we can gather needed information from you before you see the doctor.
- Please wear appropriate clothing for exercising including tennis shoes, shorts, exercise pants and a comfortable t-shirt.
- Bring the name, address, phone and fax numbers of your primary care and/or referring doctor so we can update them appropriately on your care.
- Bring a full list of the medications your child is taking including over-the-counter medicines such as vitamins and supplements.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based e-Consult service. This service is available for non-urgent patient cases only and gives providers access to our specialists to review patient cases, obtain medical advice or second opinions, and receive care recommendations for rare symptoms and illnesses. e-Consult is not to be used by the general public, parents/guardians or families.
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