Left to right, Debbie Bailey and Lisa Kluge, 2016 Passavant Area Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar chairs, present Harry Schmidt, President and CEO, a $50,000 check as the second payment on the Auxiliary’s $150,000 pledge for the stress echocardiography system.
Stress echocardiography is a procedure to determine how well your heart and blood vessels are working. Before the purchase of the system, patients were required to travel to Springfield for the test. With the system here at Passavant, it allows physicians to provide direct care to their patients here at Passavant.
During a stress echo, the patient’s heart rate is increased with exercise or with medication if they can’t tolerate physical exercise. While the heart rate is increased, the heart muscle works harder to supply blood to the body. The echocardiogram images and the EKG tracing recorded during the stress echo allow the physician to detect heart problems that might not be evident when the body is at rest and needing less blood. The physician then determines if the patient needs further treatment. The stress echo is beneficial for patients who are at low risk for a cardiac event or have mild coronary artery disease that present in the Emergency Department with chest pain or shortness of breath.