Cardiopulmonary Services Cardiopulmonary Services
The Cardiopulmonary department is composed of several service areas.
One area is Respiratory Therapy, which offers a wide range of
compassionate care. Beginning with outpatient services, such as EKGs,
PFTs (Pulmonary Function Tests), and EEGs (Electroencephalograms).
Inpatient services consist of oxygen therapy, nebulizer treatments,
along with patient/family education for inhalers, flutter valves, and
various pulmonary diseases. The respiratory therapist may set the
patient up to go home with oxygen and nebulizers prior to discharge.
Critical patients also have the therapist's expertise in drawing
arterial blood gases and ventilator management.
Another service area is the Stress Lab. Our stress lab is run by
ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified Registered Nurses. A
wide variety of stress tests are offered, including nuclear imaging and
non-walking stress tests. A Primary Care Physician who has been
trained in stress testing or a Cardiologist will be present during
The third discipline is Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab.
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary approach to
promote wellness and a healthier lifestyle. You will be given a
progressive exercise prescription to improve endurance. Some of the
equipment used are treadmills, recumbent bikes, and hand weights.
Education on heart and lung function, medication, diet, and risk factor
modification will also be provided. Your physician, an R.N., and other
medical professionals will participate with you as a team to promote
Call (618) 498-8396 for more information.