Cardiac Services

Cardiac patient running on treadmill at Pella Regional's Cardiac Gym

Pella Regional is certified for their cardiac program

Cardiac Services at Pella Regional exists to help prevent, detect and treat heart disease through screening, rehabilitation and education. Along with medical director, Dr. Doug Kanis, our experienced staff ensure patients have the highest quality care, from diagnosis and treatment through recovery and rehabilitation.

Cardiac Testing

Cardiac testing assists physicians in diagnosing and treating heart conditions. Pella Regional provides many of these screening tests by physicians order. These tests include:

Exercise Treadmill Stress Test

An exercise treadmill stress test is a basic screening assessment for coronary artery disease. Patients walk on a treadmill while monitoring blood pressure and heart rhythm. If abnormal, the physician may advise additional testing to evaluate for suspicious blockages in the coronary arteries.

Nuclear (Cardiolite) Stress Test

A nuclear (cardiolite) stress test involves nuclear medicine images and is used to evaluate blood flow to the heart. These images, obtained at rest and after stress, are compared to evaluate coronary blood flow. There are several types of nuclear cardiolite stress tests:

  • Nuclear cardiolite exercise
  • Nuclear cardiolite regadenoson
  • Nuclear cardiolite dobutamine

Stress Echo Test

A stress echo test uses an ultrasound of your heart before and after exercise or medicine to stress the heart. The ultrasound images are compared to determine if coronary artery disease may exist. There are two types of stress echo tests:

  • Exercise stress echo
  • Dobutamine stress echo

Holter Monitor

A Holter monitor is a portable ECG (heart rhythm) recorder that is worn during normal daily activities, including sleep. It can be worn 24 or 48 hours. Heart rhythm is continuously recorded and stored in the Holter monitor. The information is analyzed and interpreted by a physician for diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions.

Event Monitor

An event monitor is a portable ECG (heart rhythm) recorder worn during normal daily activities for up to one month. It is used for arrhythmias that occur less frequently. The patient activates the monitor whenever symptoms occur and then transmits them over a phone line to Pella Regional.

24 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure

The ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a portable device that collects multiple blood pressure measurements. A physician prescribes this study for 24 hours to assist with diagnosis and management of high blood pressure or low blood pressure.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Pella Regional restores optimal health to patients after a heart event on an outpatient basis. Conditions that may qualify for cardiac rehabilitation include a heart attack in the last 12 months, coronary bypass surgery, stable angina, heart valve repair or replacement, heart stents, heart transplant surgery, compensated heart failure and cardiomyopathy. 

Benefits include:

  • Provides specific guidelines for physical activity 
  • Serves as a resource for ongoing questions that arise during the rehabilitation process
  • Decreases anxiety and depression 
  • Improves quality of life 
  • Facilitates return to work 
  • Promotes independence and self-reliance 
  • Increases exercise tolerance safely with close monitoring of the heart's response to exercise

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program has been certified by American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation since 2001.