Parkview Adventist Medical Center – Hospital in Brunswick, Maine


CardiopulmonaryThe Cardiopulmonary Department is a multifaceted department with a focus on the diagnosis and care of patients with diseases of the heart, lungs, and circulatory system. We provide initial and ongoing clinical assessment to convey to your physician detailed studies of your heart and lungs to help design a treatment plan that’s best for you.  Contact Cardiopulmonary directly at (207) 373-2261.

Our cardiac services include electrocardiograms, stress tests, echocardiograms, and in-home Holter and cardiac rhythm monitoring.

Our therapeutic and supportive pulmonary services include complete pulmonary function testing, aerosolized medication administration, arterial blood gas co-oximetry analysis, pulse oximetry, oxygen, airway clearance, incentive spirometry, aerosol and humidity therapy, all on an outpatient basis in our Walk-In Clinic.

Cardiac Services

Electrocardiograms (EKG )
A detailed recording of the electrical activity of the heart.  The test records 12 different angles of the heart to detect heart disease, including abnormal rhythms.

In-Home 24-Hour Cardiac Holter Monitoring
Patients wear a 24-hour Holter monitor, which is used for detecting abnormal heart rhythms.

In-Home Cardiac Event Monitoring
Similar to the Holter monitor, patients wear a smaller monitor for an extended period of time to detect abnormal hearts rhythms.

Exercise or Chemical Stress Testing
Patients will be asked to walk on a treadmill or be given a medication to increase their heart rate to unmask the presence of any underlying cardiac disease.

Transthoracic Echocardiograms (TTE)
An echocardiogram, or “echo”, is a test that uses high frequency sound waves to obtain images of your heart and its structures.  By placing a wand on the chest over the heart, this test can determine how well your heart pumps and how well your heart valves function.

Transesophogeal Echocardiograms (TEE)
A transesophogeal echocardiogram, or “TEE,” is a test that uses high frequency sound waves to obtain images of your heart and its structures, by placing an endoscope down the esophagus, while you are sedated.  The cardiologist, a trained RN, and the echo-technician are all present during the procedure to ensure patient safety.  This test is performed for the same reasons as the TTE, but provides more detailed views of the heart valves.

Stress Echocardiograms
This is a transthoracic Echocardiogram, done with a cardiac stress test, to actually image the heart during stress.  This test is done in the presence of a physician.

Pulmonary Therapeutic and Supportive Services

Complete Pulmonary Function Testing
Spirometry with or without bronchodilators
Lung volumes
Diffusion capacity
Methacholine inhalation challenges
The PFT is a detailed test that measures the mechanics of breathing, and assists in the diagnosis of such pulmonary disorders as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and many other conditions.

Aerosolized Medication Administration
Inhaled medications are used in the prevention and treatment of reversible airflow obstruction, such as asthma.  These provide humidity, or aerosolized moisture, to those patients who need additional humidification to their airways.  This is commonly used to induce sputum production for the culture analysis to diagnose infection.

Arterial Blood Gas Analysis
Analysis of arterial and/or mixed venous blood provides information about the pH or acidity of the blood, carbon dioxide or oxygenation status of a patient.

Co-oximetry Analysis
Measures the arterial hemoglobin concentration and concentrations of various hemoglobin derivatives, such as carbon monoxide.

Pulse Oximetry
This is a simple non-invasive method of monitoring the oxygen saturation of the blood.

Oxygen Administration
This is a treatment that provides extra oxygen, which is a drug, to the tissues of the body, through the lungs.  Oxygen is provided by nasal cannula or by a facemask.

Airway Clearance Techniques
Such techniques are administered by devices and treatments used to assist patients who are unable to clear pulmonary secretions effectively.  Chest Physiotherapy is respiratory treatment to aid in the removal of secretions from the lungs.

Incentive Spirometry
This is done by viewing a small piston chamber, which the patient inhales against, to encourage deep breathing and coughing.  Incentive Spirometry can decrease the incidence of pneumonia after surgery.

For more information call (207) 373-2261.

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