The Cardiopulmonary Department performs all routine respiratory therapy duties including BiPAP therapy, pulmonary function testing, EKG's, holter monitoring, Vo2Max testing, as well as cardiac stress tests. These services are provided through the hospital including the Specialty Clinic.
Cardiopulmonary Services include:
Respiratory Therapy: Most people take breathing for granted. It's an involuntary reflex. But for those who suffer with breathing problems, each breathe is a major accomplishment. These people may be suffering from a chronic lung disease, or have acute problems, which can be reversed with respiratory treatments.
BiPAP Therapy: BiPAP (also referred to as BPAP) stands for Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure, and is very similar in function and design to a CPAP machine continuous positive airway pressure). A BiPAP machine is a non-invasive form of therapy for patients suffering from sleep apnea. The machine delivers pressurized air through a mask to the patient's airways. The air pressure keeps the throat muscles from collapsing and reducing obstructions by acting as a splint. The BiPAP machine allows patients to breathe easily and regularly throughout the night.
Electrocardiogram: An EKG is a safe and painless test that records electrical impulses normally produced by the heart. Your doctor
may recommend an EKG for various reasons, including chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, and irregular heartbeat.
Cardiac Stress Test: A cardiac stress test is an EKG performed while you are exercising to determine how you heart responds to
- Stress Echo: Stress echocardiography, also called an echocardiography stress test or stress echo, is a procedure used to
determine how you're your heart and blood vessels are working. You will be asked to exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike
while doctors monitor your blood pressure and heart rhythm.
- Dobutamine Stress Echo: A dobutamine stress echocardiogram is a diagnostic procedure that may be used when a doctor
wants to assess the heart muscle under stress. If exercise on a treadmill is an option (too much stress on the heart) due to a
person's medical condition, a doctor may use an intravenous medication called dobutamine.
Pulmonary Function Test: PFTs measure the health of your lungs, and enable your doctor to detect changes in respiratory function.
Many causes of lung problems can be successfully treated when detected early.
Holter Monitoring: A Holter monitor is a machine that continuously records the heart's rhythms. The monitor is worn for 24 to 48
hours during normal activity. Electrodes (small conducting patches) are stuck onto your chest. These are attached by wires to a
small recording monitor. The Holter monitor is carried in a pocket or pouch worn around the neck or waist and records the heart's
electrical activity. A diary of activities performed and how the patient fells while wearing the monitor, is kept for the doctor's review.
After 24 to 48 hours, the monitor is returned to the doctor's office. The doctor will look at the monitor and records and see if there
have been any abnormal heart rhythms.
Vo2Max Treadmill: Vo2Max (also maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake, peak oxygen uptake or maximal aerobic
capacity) is the maximum rate of oxygen consumption as measured during incremental exercise, most typically on a motorized
treadmill. Maximal oxygen consumption reflects the aerobic physical fitness of the individual, and is an important determinant of
their endurance capacity during prolonged, sub-maximal exercise. The name is derived from V - volume, O2 - oxygen,
max - maximum.
The Cardiopulmonary Department is located on the 1st floor West, next to the Emergency Department. For more information about the Cardiopulmonary Department, contact Frank Cline at 618-439-3161, ext. 574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.