New Donor-Funded Stress Test Machine Helps Mercy Heart Patients

July 26, 2017

Mercy Hospital Berryville is stepping up its battle against the number one cause of death in the United States: heart disease. Thanks to donations by the community, the hospital’s heart team has a new stress test machine.

“It’s a very impressive piece of equipment – the top of the line,” said Carrie Kauffman, licensed practical nurse at Mercy’s cardio-pulmonary rehab department. “We can instantly see what the heart is doing, to show signs of blockage, irregular heartbeats or overall risk of other cardiovascular issues.”

The Mortara Q-Stress Test System arrived this summer, paid for by the nearly $54,000 raised during Mercy Hospital Berryville’s Black and White Charity Ball earlier this year. The equipment, also known as an electrocardiogram, includes a 24-inch touch screen atop an easy-to-adjust cart. The software allows Mercy’s care team to easily label, store, print and review patient data to conduct more accurate and timely testing.

“The EKG electrodes are connected to a battery-powered, remote box that gives our patients flexibility while they’re undergoing the stress tests,” Kauffman added. “In our case, they’re walking on the adjacent treadmill to enable us to see how their heart performs while exercising.”

Stress testing is based on physician referral, so consult your doctor if you’re experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain or have a family history of heart problems. Many doctors will also order the testing prior to major surgeries to ensure the patient is physically prepared.

“We see people from all across the Ozarks who would rather not drive too far to get this test done,” Kauffman said. “The bottom line is that most people don’t even realize they have heart disease, so if we can help them catch it sooner, they’ll lower their risk for bigger problems down the road.”

Mercy Health Foundation Berryville hosted its 14th annual charity ball on Feb. 18 at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Funds were raised mostly during live and silent auctions, a pledge drive and through corporate sponsorships. Click here to learn more.

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Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfieldan 866-bed referral center; an orthopedic hospital; a rehab hospital; a children’s hospital; five regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, Mountain View, Missouri and Berryville, Arkansas; and Mercy Clinic, a physician clinic with nearly 700 doctors and locations throughout the region. It is part of Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company. Mercy serves millions annually and includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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