Respiratory Care

Scheurer Hospital offers a wide variety of Respiratory Therapy services, including:

Cardiac Stress Testing A stress test provides vital information on the blood flow through the arteries around the heart during exercise. We offer three different types of stress testing.

  • A regular stress test is a basic test to look for irregular heartbeats while walking on a treadmill.
  • A Cardiolite stress test is an in-depth diagnostic test that helps to identify blockages in arteries around the heart. It uses an IV and a heart scan is done before and after walking on the treadmill.
  • A pharmacological (nonexercise) stress test is done when you are unable to walk on the treadmill or for other reasons determined by your physician. You will be given a medication that mimics the effects of exercise on your heart. In this test you also receive a scan of your heart before and after you have been given the medication.

Electrocardiograms (EKG) An EKG is a test that checks the electrical activity of your heart. Your physician may order this test before you have a surgical procedure.

Holter Monitor Testing This test monitors the heart's electrical activity for 24 to 48 hours using a portable monitor you wear while carrying out your usual activities. You may be asked to wear a Holter monitor to see if you have a slow, fast or irregular (uneven) heartbeat. Your physician may use it to see how well your medicines are working to treat these problems.

Pulmonary Function Test This test checks how well your lungs work, how much air your lungs can hold, how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs, and how well your lungs put oxygen into and remove carbon dioxide from your blood. The tests can be helpful to your physician to diagnose lung diseases, measure the severity of lung problems, and check to see how well treatment for lung disease is working. We offer spirometry (pre and post bronchodilator), DLCO (Diffusing capacity of the Lung for Carbon monoxide) and plethysmography testing.

Contact Us

Respiratory Care Outpatient services are available with a physician's referral. For more information or to schedule an appointment call Central Scheduling at 989.453.5250.

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