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Published on June 19, 2013

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital Cardiac Stress Testing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    Dotti Kruppo, Director, Community Relations    

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital now offers cardiac stress testing. Patients with chest pain or who, under exertion, experience shortness of breath may be referred for exercise stress testing, which is often used in the initial evaluation of a patient for coronary artery disease. Those who wish to begin a new exercise program or patients who have been referred to cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation program may have a stress test in order for the physician to determine what a safe level of exercise is for them.

The testing is performed under the direction of Dr. James O’Brien, cardiologist, who sees patients at the Visiting Specialist Center every Thursday. A cardiac stress test is when a person walks on a treadmill while a continuous EKG is done. The speed and the incline of the treadmill can be adjusted during the test at the discretion of the physician. After the test is completed the doctor can review the EKG and see how the heart’s rhythm was or was not impacted by the exercise.

“Adding stress testing to our cardiology services means patients can receive yet another service locally,” said Randy Taylor, manager of Cardiopulmonary Services. “We already offer holter and event monitoring, EKGs, and echocardiograms so this is in keeping with our goal of offering the tests that are needed most often right here, saving travel and expense for our patients.” Area residents do not have to be patients of Delaware Valley Hospital physicians in order to have their testing done locally.

The hospital’s cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program is under the direction of Sarah Pawlikowski, manager of Delaware Valley’s Rehabilitation Services department.

Appointments with Dr. O’Brien can be scheduled by calling 865-2400. To find out more about the hospital’s cardiopulmonary services, call 865-2126 and rehabilitation services information can be obtained by calling 865-2155.

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital is a 25-bed facility based in Walton and offering diagnostic and treatment services, acute care and 24-hour emergency care. The hospital is a member of UHS, a locally-owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the greater Binghamton area from more than 60 locations around New York's Southern Tier.

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