Cardiology Department
Inpatient and outpatient Cardiology and Pulmonology services for diagnostic testing to include one of the first Digital Echocardiographic services in the Treasure valley, one of the first T-Wave Alternans services in the United States, Digital Holter Monitoring, Cardiac Stress Testing, Electrocardiography, Electroencephalograph and Pulmonary Function Testing.

  • Cardiac Stress Test, an exercise stress test is a general screening tool to test the effect of exercise on your heart. The test gives a general sense of how healthy your heart is.

  • Echocardiogram, a test which uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. The picture is much more detailed than X-ray image and involves no radiation exposure.

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG), a test to detect abnormalities in the electrical activity of the brain.

  • Holter monitoring, which provides a continuous recording of heart rhythm during normal activity (see also ECG). The monitor is usually worn for 24 hours to obtain a recording of a complete day.

  • Pulmonary function tests are a broad range of tests which measure how well the lungs take in and exhale air and how efficiently they transfer oxygen into the blood. Spirometry measures how well the lungs exhale. The information gathered during this test is useful in diagnosing certain types of lung disorders, but is most useful when assessing for obstructive lung diseases (especially asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD).

  • Lung volume measurement permits the detection of restrictive lung diseases. In this set of diseases, a person cannot inhale a normal volume of air. Restrictive lung diseases may be caused by inflammation or scarring of the lung tissue (interstitial lung disease) or by abnormalities of the muscles or skeleton of the chest wall. Testing the diffusion capacity (also called the DLCO) permits an estimate of how efficiently the lungs are able to transfer oxygen from the air into the bloodstream.

Clinical Respiratory Care Department
Inpatient and outpatient services for respiratory disorders and diseases and diagnostic Bronchoscopy. Educational offerings include the "Better Breather's Club," a free monthly support group for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

SAMC Ontario Sleep Disorders Center
Outpatient services sleep lab that includes Polysomnography CPAP and BiPAP titration and MSLT studies. Educational offerings include the "AWAKE" program a free monthly support group for people requiring CPAP or BiPAP therapy.

  • Sleep studies; Polysomnography; A test of sleep cycles and stages through the use of continuous recordings of brain waves (EEG), electrical activity of muscles, eye movement (electrooculogram), respiratory rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, and heart rhythm and direct observation of a person during sleep.
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Respiratory Services

541-881-7170 / Cardiology
541-881-7477 / Sleep Disorders Center
541-881-7215 / Clinical Respiratory Care


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