Patients who complain of chest pain or those who have a history of heart disease may require stress testing. A stress test system can be used to discover how the heart responds to exertion. Because exercise makes the heart pump harder, a stress test can reveal problems within the heart that may go undetected in a regular stationary checkup.
Stress tests help you:
Determine the likelihood of coronary artery disease.
Identify abnormal heart rhythms.
Evaluate the effectiveness of a cardiac treatment plan.
Develop a safe exercise program for patients.
You can opt to install a stress cart like the Midmark version or a complete set like the Welch Allyn model. Each system will use some sort of cardio exercise to increase the patient’s heart rate and activate the respiratory system, but it is up to your practice to determine whether a treadmill or stationary bike is the best option. Many tests require only moderate movement, but some may require more vigorous exercise. For a truly accurate test, such as an electrocardiogram, heart rate and blood pressure should be monitored.
On the other hand, if you rarely do stress tests at your location, it may make more sense to send patients to a specialist or to a hospital that is outfitted with the necessary equipment. Complete stress test systems can be paid for in payment plans, but they still require a large investment from your practice. If you do not frequently offer this type of test to patients, continuing to outsource the testing may be a wise financial decision.
If your practice would benefit from a stress test system, Medical Device Depot has many options available for you to consider, meaning you’ll no longer need to send patients elsewhere to have extra testing done. Instead, you can do it all in-house to provide a diagnosis quickly, allowing your patients to feel comfortable with the caretakers they know and trust.
As you prepare to furnish your office with all of the necessary equipment and latest medical devices, you will need to decide if you want to lease or purchase your equipment outright. These big-ticket items aren’t cheap, and many of them are needed to run a successful practice. From EKG machines to stress test systems, all of your basic tests will require the latest devices and equipment to ensure accuracy and efficiency in making diagnoses.
It is important to figure out which type of payment works best for your practice so your attention can go toward your patients instead of your practice’s bottom line. What works best for one office may not work at all for another. Look forward to your plans for the future as well as your finances and see which option is the best fit.
So what are some benefits of each option?
Tax incentives – Some device makers may have tax incentives to help make purchasing a big-ticket item more affordable.
Lower cost in the long run – If it is an item that you will use for a long time, purchasing the device will prove to be more affordable in the long term.
Use equipment on your own terms – There are not any regulations or rules regarding how to use equipment when you own it.
Stay up to date – Technology is always changing. Leasing will allow you to upgrade when new technology comes out without requiring you to take a large financial hit.
Less maintenance – The company that owns the equipment will handle maintenance and repairs, taking the worry off your plate.
Lower up-front cost – You can choose a payment plan that fits your budget.
Take a look at the selection of devices and furnishings at Medical Device Depot and see what devices you may need to add to your office.
Cardiac Science is hosting an online seminar regarding Microvolt T-Wave Alternans™ (MTWA) and how to incorporate it into your clinical practice on February 22. MTWA is a non-invasive, diagnostic test that can be performed in conjunction with a cardiac stress test – providing you with a more comprehensive view of your patient’s cardiac condition.
The 45 minute session will cover –
• Microvolt T-Wave Alternans – the technology, test, and benefits
• How to incorporate MTWA into your cardiac testing protocol
• Treatment options to help prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest
• The Reimbursement Landscape
Microvolt T-Wave Alternans for Q-Stress® combines the industry’s leading cardiac stress test system with Cambridge Heart’s unique MTWA testing system, creating the most comprehensive, reimbursable cardiac risk-profiling system in the industry
Click here to learn more about the seminar. If you would like a free in-office demo or if you have any questions about stress testing or Microvolt T-Wave Alternans please call Medical Device Depot at 877-646-3300 ext 619.
Cardiac Science has just introduced their third new product of the year – MTWA for Q-Stress. This stress testing software provides a clinically proven, reimbursable test for assessing the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
Cardiac Science, the company behind Burdick and Quinton products, just introduced CareCenter MD , a PC-based diagnostic workstation designed to make your workflow much easier.
The CareCenter MD includes the following features:
Wireless data acquisition between patient and workstation means safety, comfort, and confidence for your patients and staff.
Advanced connectivity streamlines your work, with or without an electronic medical record (EMR) system.
Shared patient database for both ECG and stress testing means no re-entry of patient data.
One-button navigation speeds you through each test; it’s very intuitive.
Scalable design makes adding additional modalities a breeze (as they become available).
In addition, Cardiac Science is offering a limited time offer to promote their new product. Choose one item for each ECG diagnostic workstation you purchase and two items for each stress diagnostic workstation you purchase:
Welch Allyn is offering a great summer deal for Nextgen, EMD, and Allscripts members. Purchase 1,2, or 3 select Welch Allyn devices and you’ll receive an American Express Gift Cheque for the following amounts:
Midmark Corporation(Versailles, OH) announced the completed integration of its IQstress™ system by eClinicalWorks (Westborough, MA). IQstress is now one of the digital diagnostic products that seamlessly integrates with eClinicalWorks EMR, including Midmark’s IQecg™ and IQspiro™.