Cardiopulmonary health is essential for emergency responders and law-enforcement professionals and is critical for ensuring the wellbeing of your community. For fire fighters, the physiologic burden of wearing bulky protective clothing and breathing through a self-contained breathing apparatus while performing physically demanding work at the incident scene places an enormous strain on the body. And often the work environment is known to contain toxic chemicals that may contribute to development of heart disease over time. This is why the International Association of Fire Fighters and most low-enforcement agencies recommend cardiopulmonary examinations and testing for all emergency responders and law-enforcement professionals.
The offices of Michael Kalus, M.D. offer cardiovascular examinations, stress tests, electrocardiogram monitoring (EKG), and echocardiogram monitoring (ECHO) specifically for law-enforcement professionals and emergency responders. We also provide disability assessments regarding cardiovascular issues. With experience working in this field, we will work to meet your needs. Our multiple offices and flexible scheduling make it convenient for your team.
EKGs & Stress Tests
In addition to cardiac evaluations, two important tests we provide for law-enforcement professionals and emergency responders are an electrocardiogram (EKG) and an exercise stress test.
An EKG is a non-invasive test that records the heart’s electrical impulses. It is used to identify abnormalities in heart rate and rhythm, can help to establish whether the heart muscle is receiving enough oxygen, and diagnose previous heart attacks. This can be performed at rest or as part of an exercise stress test.
An exercise stress test refers to stressing the body through exercise while measuring the body’s response. The patient will walk on a treadmill while the activity of the heart is measured with an EKG and while blood pressure readings are taken. For patients who are unable to walk on a treadmill, the option of pharmacological stress testing is available. Exercise stress testing is an important tool used by physicians to:
Please call (216) 921-1600 to discuss your options or to schedule an appointment.