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Cardiopulmonary Care

Our team consists of five full time and three per diem N.H. Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners: Joyce, RRT, RPFT; Joanne, RRT; Ed, RRT; Kim, RRT; Heather, CRTT; Greg, RRT; Maureen, RRT; Sun, RRT; and Tricia, CRTT.

We are here to serve our community 24/7. All diagnostics are available by physician referral and appointment.

Our Cardiopulmonary team offers many therapies, diagnostics and instructions to help our community live life to their healthiest and fullest.

  • Broncho-dilator therapy
  • Broncho-pulmonary hygiene
  • Non-invasive positive pressure therapy
  • Invasive positive pressure therapy
  • Respiratory Critical Care

Pulmonary testing to determine obstructive disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

  • Pulmonary testing to determine restrictive disease such as Interstitial Fibrosis.
  • Pulmonary testing to determine Environmental, Exercise, or Cold Air induced Asthma.
  • Pulmonary testing to determine Exertional Shortness of Breath.
  • Overnight Pulse Oximetry to determine depletion of Oxygen in the blood stream during sleep.
  • Diaphragmatic and Pursed Lip breathing techniques.
  • Proper use of all types of Inhaled Medications.
  • Conservation of Oxygen during activities of daily living.
  • Secretion Clearance techniques.
  • Smoking and Tobacco cessation.

Cardiac Monitoring

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Continuous 24 or 48 Hour Holter Monitoring with Analysis and Report.
  • Event Monitoring (patient-activated monitoring worn for 2 weeks to 1 month), with Analysis and Report.

Cardiac Exercise Tolerance Testing

  • ETT with treadmill exercise.
  • Nuclear Medicine Testing with Myoview Injection pre and post treadmill exercise.
  • Nuclear Medicine Testing with Myoview and Lexiscan without treadmill exercise.
  • Stress Echo testing pre and post treadmill exercise.
Ankle/Brachial Index with or without exercise; (helps to determine Peripheral Vascular Disease –PVD); (Also helps with the determination of Claudication- restriction of blood flow to calves and feet with exercise.)

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