DENNISON -- Trinity Hospital Twin City recently expanded the outpatient services of its Cardiopulmonary Department to better serve patients with heart and lung conditions.

The department now offers diagnostic tilt table testing and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

"Tilt table testing is used to evaluate patients who have experienced a loss of consciousness," explained Jerod Roth, director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Trinity Hospital Twin City. "In a tilt table study, the patient is secured to a table which is then mechanically tilted to an upright position. We monitor the patient's pulse, blood pressure, electrocardiogram and blood oxygen saturation while the patient is left in a motionless standing position for 20 to 30 minutes. If the patient loses consciousness, a positive tilt table study has occurred which could indicate a cardiovascular disorder."

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation is also now being offered at Trinity Hospital Twin City.

Those who have a doctor's order are encouraged to call the hospital's central scheduling phone line at 740-922-7405 to sign up for rehabilitation.

The hospital's cardiopulmonary staff offers supervised rehab programs to help people with chronic breathing problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to help patients recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and procedures such as stenting and angioplasty.

The rehab programming provides education to help patients increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms and breathing problems, improve health, and reduce the risk of future problems, including heart attack.

For information about cardiopulmonary services at Trinity Hospital Twin City, call 740-922-2800.