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Heart Disease Treatment & Cardiopulmonary Services 

Office Location Days Hours Phone
Van Wert County Hospital, First Floor           Monday - Friday         7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.         419-238-8685        

Many people take for granted their next heartbeat or their next breath. Yet for millions of Americans, heart and lung disease challenges these core body functions. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States; lung disease is number three. The Van Wert County Hospital Cardiopulmonary Services is a full-service department providing care to all ages of patients on an inpatient, outpatient and emergency basis.  

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation helps people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures such as stenting and angioplasty. Cardiac rehab programs usually provide education and counseling services to help heart patients increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of future heart problems, including heart attack.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is designed to slow down and minimize progression of the symptoms of lung disease. Programs combined exercise with education and counseling to help patients understand and manage lung conditions including COPD, Bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and pneumonia.

If you are scheduled for any type of Cardiopulmonary procedure, be sure to wear comfortable clothing. Also you must refrain from any type of caffeine intake for 24 hours prior to your exam. Please call your physician or the Cardiopulmonary Department if you have any questions regarding preparing for your exam.

The Cardiopulmonary Department is open to the public from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is a Respiratory Therapist on staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may reach the Respiratory Therapist during off hours by calling the main hospital telephone number: 419.238.2390.

Tests and Services:
  • Stress Tests are common cardiac screenings which use graded exercise or pharmacological agents to challenge the heart. During this procedure, the patient’s status is monitored under the supervision of a physician.
  • Echocardiograms are non-invasive tests that use ultrasound to view images of the heart for diagnostic purposes.
  • Pulmonary Function is a series of tests that measure how well your lungs are working by measuring volumes and flows within them. Advanced testing by body plethymography and bronchial challenge testing for the diagnosis of asthma are also available.
  • 24-hour and 48-hour Holter Monitoring records heart activity over a 24-hour period to detect abnormal heart rhythms.
  • EKG (Electrocardiogram) is a recording of the electrical activity of the heart for diagnostic purposes.
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram) is a non-invasive technique for measuring electrical activity within the brain for diagnostic purposes.
  • Respiratory Care describes all pulmonary services ranging from arterial blood gas analysis (measures pressure of gases to assess cardiopulmonary status) to oxygen and bronchodilator treatment.
  • Pulse Oximetry is where a device, usually attached to the earlobe or fingertip, measures the oxygen saturation of arterial blood.
  • As well as metered dose inhalation treatments and nebulized breathing treatments