Exercise Stress Testing
This involves treadmill exercise while attached to heart and BP monitors to assess how your heart functions when stressed by exercise.
Diagnosis and Treatment Of Heart Conditions
Come to our emergency department immediately if you experience pain or pressure in your chest, which may or may not be associated with pain in your arm(s), jaw, or neck. These are the classic symptoms most common in men. Women more often experience increasing fatigue over approximately a month’s time, sleep disturbances and shortness of breath.
You should also seek medical attention if you have persistent swelling in your ankles, feet or legs especially when accompanied by shortness of breath. The feeling of your heart pounding in your chest or irregular heartbeat may also signal heart problems.
Cardiologists from Rapid City come regularly to Weston County Health Services so you don’t have to travel out of town for appointments.
Your heart is a muscle, a vital muscle. After a heart attack or heart surgery your cardiologist will probably recommend a monitored exercise program to safely get your heart muscle back in shape. Weston County Health Services has a strong Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Registered Nurses, in collaboration with your cardiologist and hometown physician, will design a program to fit your needs. Usually this involves three exercise sessions a week on a treadmill or recumbent stepper while attached to a small heart monitor so the RN can track how your heart and blood pressure respond to exercise.