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Cardiopulmonary and Sleep Studies

Under the Cardiopulmonary Department, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center provides Sleep Studies along with respiratory therapy, nuclear medicine, and key inpatient cardiology services. Utilizing advanced technology, doctors can diagnose and treat conditions affecting the heart and lungs.

Services include:

  • Digital EEGs with or without photic stimulation
  • Blood Gas Lab
  • Pulmonary Function Studies
    • Thoracic Gas Volumes and Airway Resistance by Plethysmography
    • Diffusion Capacity
    • Methacholine/Aridol Challenge
    • Exercise Bronchial Provocation Study
    • Pre and Post Spirometry
  • Cardiology (Inpatient Studies)
    • EKG
    • Echocardiography (ECHO)
    • Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
    • Carotid Duplex
    • Cardiac Stress Testing - Exercise and Chemical
    • Nuclear Stress Testing
  • Ventilator/ BiPap/CPAP Management
  • Respiratory Medication Administration
  • Airway Management
  • Lung Expansion Therapy
  • Tracheotomy/Endotracheal Tube Management
  • Sleep Studies
    • Polysonography
    • Polysonography and Titration
    • Split night Testing
    • Multi Latency Testing

The three bed sleep lab helps doctors better understand a patient’s sleep patterns and diagnose sleep problems such as apnea, insomnia, and other conditions.

Pulmonary Function tests are done for both inpatients and outpatients to study lung functioning including bronchial problems. Plethysmography is a test that is used to determine the amount of air an individual can hold in his or lungs.

Nuclear Medicine in conjunction with the cardiology services provides diagnostic stress tests for patients who may be experiencing blockages or other heart-related concerns.

The Cardiopulmonary Department’s respiratory therapists also provide one-on-one patient education on conditions such as COPD and asthma for hospital patients with lung disorders or disease.