Breathe right and live happy.
It can be unnerving to experience chest discomfort or difficulty breathing. Often times, symptoms as these are ignored, thinking they may not be serious. Way too often, they are. ECRMC’s Cardiopulmonary Department combines both of these specialized areas of healthcare - the heart (cardiac) and the lungs (pulmonary). Our diagnostic and therapeutic procedures help detect and treat minor to severe disorders in patients of all ages.
The cardiopulmonary department is clinically staffed with registered and certified therapists and technicians. ECRMC focuses on awareness, education, diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disorders. Services are available and provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are committed to improving quality of life and assisting patients in leading normal, productive lives.
ECRMC offers inpatient and outpatient respiratory care. Our list of services includes:
Electrocardiograms (also known as ECG or EKG)
Electrocardiograms are a common diagnostic test used to give limited indications of past and current heart disorder. An Electrocardiogram is a test conducted to record the heart’s electrical pattern to evaluate heart rate and rhythm.
Exercise Stress Test
An exercise stress test measures the amount of blood and oxygen delivered to the heart during heightened levels of physical activity. This test involves the patient to walk on a treadmill at increasing levels of difficulty, while monitoring heart rate, blood pressure and ECGs. All three tests will determine how well your heart reacts under stress.
Cardiac Ultrasound (ECHO)
An ECHO, cardiac ultrasound, is a painless test in which an ultrasound is used to examine the anatomy and function of the heart. Sound waves are emitted and received through a hand held device (transducer) that is massaged over the chest area. When the heart bounces back the sound wave, a computer will record the changes in sound and will produce an image. This procedure can confirm a diagnosis, determine the state of an existing problem or help guide treatment.
An electroencephalogram is a test used to detect abnormalities in the brain’s electrical activity. Sudden changes in rather considerably normal brain waves demonstrate an interruption, indicative of seizures and other problems. Brain waves are recorded using small electrodes that are placed on the scalp and monitored with a computer. The computer will track and record recognizable patterns and are interpreted as line tracings either on screen or on paper.
Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)
A pulmonary function test is a series of tests used to evaluate the respiratory system. This test is key in revealing problems in the way a patient breaths. The test is led by a trained function technologist and requires the patient to breathe into a tube while holding a clip over the nose.
The Cardiopulmonary Department can be found near the back of the hospital.
Outpatient Services, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm