White-Wilson Medical Center

Fort Walton Beach cardiologists, Destin heart doctors

About Our Cardio-Pulmonary Department

White-Wilson Medical Center is proud to provide an in-house Cardio-Pulmonary Department, making it easy for patients to get additional testing that will help their physician diagnose and treat their condition. As a multi-specialty physician group, White-Wilson physicians collaborate to provide patients the highest level of care. Our cardiologist and pulmonologists work closely with your White-Wilson primary care physician and other specialists to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is best for you.

Heart & Lung Quality Diagnostics

The Cardio-Pulmonary Department at White-Wilson Medical Center provides patients both heart and lung quality diagnostic and therapeutic services including:

  • Holter Monitors
  • 24-Hour Cardiac Monitoring
  • Echocardiograms
  • EKG
  • Stress Testing
  • Sleep Apnea Testing
  • Navigational Bronchoscopy
  • Cardiac Cauterizations Evaluation
  • Electrical Cardioversion
  • Transesophigeal Echo (TEE)

Cardiology Testing:

The White-Wilson Cardiology Clinic treats a variety of cardiac, thoracic and vascular conditions. Our in-house Cardio-Pulmonary Department makes it easy for patients to get additional testing, such as stress tests or echocardiograms (ECHO), to diagnose and treat heart conditions and diseases. White-Wilson Medical Center also provides in-house laboratory and diagnostic imaging services at our Fort Walton Beach Clinic—including CT, MRI and X-ray.

Pacemaker Clinic

The Pacemaker Clinic is a specialty clinic within the Cardio-Pulmonary Department designed to provide comprehensive follow up for patients with implanted pacemakers, defibrillators and event recorders. These are scheduled appointments designed to prolong pacemaker life and maximize patient benefits.

EKG or Electrocardiogram

12 lead EKG testing is performed on a walk-in basis with a physician's order.

Common reasons: An EKG is a simple way to evaluate the heart quickly. You may have an EKG performed for chest pain, hypertension, diabetes, history of MI, TIA, syncope, and palpitations.

Exercise Stress Test, GXT, Treadmill Test, Nuclear Stress Test, Cardiolite, Stress Echo

These exams are scheduled and require some preparation by the patient. The Cardio-Pulmonary receptionist will provide you instructions prior to your test.

Common reasons:
Angina, MI, CAD, Valve Disorders, CHF, Rhythm Disturbances

Chemical Stress Test

If the patient is unable to perform a walking treadmill test, chemical options are available.

Heart Monitors

This is a scheduled appointment with no patient preparation required. Monitors are applied for 24 and 48 hours. Event monitors are provided for up to 30 days for more intermittent symptoms.

For patients with infrequent symptoms, Linq implant monitors can be used for up to three years.

Common reasons: Palpitations, Syncope, CAD, Atrial Fibrillation, SVT, Valve Disorders

Echocardiogram

What is an echocardiogram?
Echocardiograms or echos, are ultrasound screenings of the heart.

This is a scheduled appointment with no patient preparation required.

Where are echocardiograms performed?
Echocardiograms are performed in White-Wilson's Cardiology Clinic in Fort Walton Beach between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

Preparations

Due to varying temperatures in the exam room, two piece outfits are recommended to provide maximum comfort for the patient (dresses are not recommended).

More Information

The procedure will take about 30 minutes to complete. Patients will be required to lie on their left side with their left arm above their head.

The cardiologist will read the echo and send his findings to the patients' primary care physician within 48 to 72 hours.

If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time. There is a waiting list for this test, so please be courteous to other patients who could be seen during that time.

Common reasons: Hypertension, Valve Disorders, MI, Angina, Pericarditis, CHF, Cerebrovascular Disease, PVD, Syncope, TIA, Shortness of Breath, Chest Pain

Pulmonary Testing:

Our pulmonologists in Fort Walton Beach treat a wide range of pulmonary and sleep conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial Lung Diseases
  • Lung Cancer
    Occupational Lung Diseases
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Pleural Effusion

Our in-house Cardio-Pulmonary Department makes it easy for patients to get additional testing, including pulmonary function studies, sleep apnea testing and other lung diagnostics or therapies that may be required. White-Wilson Medical Center also provides in-house laboratory and diagnostic imaging services at our Fort Walton Beach Clinic—including CT, MRI and X-ray.

Navigational Bronchoscopy (ENB) with Super Dimension and Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

Our pulmonologists are one of the only groups in the Florida panhandle proficient in performing an exciting new minimally invasive bronchoscopic technique called navigational bronchoscopy (ENB) with super dimension and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS).

Navigational bronchoscopy allows our pulmonologists to accurately navigate to small, outlying pulmonary target lesions using something similar to GPS technology. This technique allows our pulmonologists to reach lesions that were otherwise inaccessible without higher risk procedures. Navigational bronchoscopy is at the forefront of the evaluation of lung nodules, and has significantly impacted the face of lung cancer care by allowing for earlier diagnosis, significantly lower procedural risks and improved survival rates.

Common reasons: Evaluate spots on the lung/ remove lung nodules


Diagnostic Pleural, Thoracic and Lung Ultrasound

Diagnostic thoracic, lung or pleural ultrasound can be helpful in allowing your doctor to diagnose and assess respiratory issues, lung nodules or pleural effusion.

Common reasons: Spots on the lung, help diagnose respiratory conditions, pleural effusion

Pulmonary Function Testing

Pulmonary Function Tests, or PFTs, are a series if tests designed to help your doctor assess how well your lungs work. This is a scheduled test requiring minimal patient preparation. Patients should be able to sit up and follow instructions.

Common reasons: Shortness of Breath, COPD, Chest Pain, Asthma, Routine Physical

ARES Home Sleep Apnea Test

Dr. Chaney Discusses ARES Home Sleep Apnea Testing Available at White-Wilson

White-Wilson's Cardiopulmonary Testing Department offers a type of sleep apnea test that is more convenient and comfortable for our patients. The ARES (Apnea Risk Evaluation System) Home Sleep Monitor provides several benefits over traditional in-clinic sleep tests. Learn more about ARES.

Methacholine Bronchoprovocation Test

The Methacholine Bronchoprovocation test, or bronchial challenge test, is done to help determine if a patient has asthma by breathing in methacholine or histamine.

Common reasons: Assist in the diagnosis of asthma


High Altitude Simulation Testing

The High Altitude Simulation Test (HAST) is done to help determine if there is a need for supplemental oxygen in patients that are planning to fly in an airplane or reach a high altitude. This test may be ordered for chronic lung disease patients with COPD, emphysema, severe asthma or chronic bronchitis that plan to travel to a higher altitude.

Common reasons: Evaluate whether a patient with chronic lung disease is in need of supplemental oxygen when traveling to a higher altitude.

Contact Our Cardio-Pulmonary Clinic

The Cardio-Pulmonary Clinic is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Echocardiography is open from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Please call 850.863.8185 for scheduling. Please have patient and diagnosis information available when calling to schedule a procedure.