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Cardiopulmonary Services

The Cardiopulmonary services department at Community Hospital is equipped to perform a variety of tests as prescribed by a physician.  Our team of cardiologists and pulmonologists have received specialized training and use the latest equipment to provide cardiology and pulmonary services.

Comprehensive Cardiopulmonary Services

  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Lung Capacity Testing
  • Smoking Cessation Training

The cardiopulmonary services department also performs Electrocardiograms (EKGs or ECGs) and Transesophogeal Echocardiograms (TEEs).

EKG

The electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) evaluates the heart’s rhythm and electrical activity.  When the heart beats, it creates electrical signals. The EKG detects these signals from the surface of the skin and records them on a piece of graph paper.  During an EKG, the patient will be asked to lie quietly on their back while small adhesive pads with attached wires will be placed across the chest, arms and legs. These wires connect to the EKG machine.  The patient does not feel anything during the procedure.

Pulmonary Function Testing

Community Hospital’s cardiopulmonary services department is now offering pulmonary function testing to our physicians as an important tool in the diagnosis and management of lung disease.  These groups of tests measure how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move oxygen into the blood.  Utilizing American Thoracic Society Criteria, we are capable of doing spirometry with pre and post bronchodilator testing when indicated.  Community’s Intensivist/Pulmonologist interprets our testing results, and a final report is then immediately faxed to the ordering physician.