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.
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
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.
(EEG), a test to detect abnormalities in the electrical
activity of the brain.
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.
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).
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.
Respiratory Care Department
Inpatient and outpatient services for respiratory disorders
and diseases and diagnostic Bronchoscopy. Educational
the "Better Breather's Club," a free monthly support
group for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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.
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
here for more information about the SAMC Ontario Sleep Disorders
541-881-7477 / Sleep Disorders Center
541-881-7215 / Clinical Respiratory Care
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