Cardiopulmonary Services

The Cardiopulmonary Services department offers a wide variety of services designed to treat and relieve symptoms of acute respiratory problems. Our professional staff provides care for patients on every clinical unit in the hospital, and for all ages of patients from newborns through the elderly. Both inpatients and outpatients benefit from our services.

Respiratory therapists provide medications and therapy, ordered by the doctor, to ease the work of breathing and help clear up the lungs. Dependent on the patient's special needs, therapy can be as often as every hour or may be every four to six hours. The level of intensity of therapy is based on the patient's symptoms and illness. Our respiratory therapists are licensed to provide therapy services ranging from oxygen administration, to ventilator and life support therapy.

The Cardiopulmonary staff, utilizing current technology and nationally accepted practices and standards, also provides a wide variety of diagnostic testing which includes:
cardiac stress testing
electrocardiograms (EKG)
24-hour heart monitors (Holter Monitor)
ultrasound studies of the heart (ECHO)
pulmonary function testing (PFT)

This testing is specifically designed to provide your doctor with information that assists him or her in diagnosing heart and lung problems.

Additionally, the Cardiopulmonary Department offers education related to your illness and provides techniques that will help patients cope with problems of living with respiratory diseases. All of our efforts are focused on improving the quality of life for those suffering from acute and chronic respiratory or cardiac illnesses.

Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

Stop smoking. The cardiopulmonary department can provide you with information and resources to help you quit.
Don't smoke around children. They don't have a choice as to what air they breathe, you make the choice for them.
See your physician regularly.
Exercise three times per week.
Eat for a healthy heart by reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet and increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables.

For more information, please call (517) 279-5425.



CHC's Cardiologists




Dr. Robert LaPenna, MD, Dr. Sreenivas Kamath, MD, and Dr. Jagadeesh Kalavakunta, MD
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