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1401 E. 12th Street, Mendota, IL  61342     815-539-7461



CARDIOPULMONARY DEPARTMENT

John Prentice, RRT, Department Manager
815-539-1627

Department Number:  815-539-1408

CARDIOPULMONARY – As our name implies CARDIO heart PULMONARY lungs, we work with the heart and lungs.  The Cardiopulmonary department is involved with most testing involving the heart and lungs.  We are also involved with tests involving the brain, including, EEGs and Sleep Studies. 

Our staff must have Illinois licensure as a “Respiratory Care Practitioner” with credentials as RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist), CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist), RCP (Respiratory Care Practitioner) or RCP student. 

Here are some of the tests/services we provide with your physician’s order:
  • EKG – An EKG is an electrical picture of your heart.  By placing electrodes on selected parts of your body your physician can see and interpret the beats of your heart.  An EKG shows what your heat is doing at the time of the EKG and can also show damage that has been done in the past. 
    HOLTER MONITOR – You can look at a Holter Monitor as a 24 or 48 hour EKG.  By wearing a Holter Monitor your physician can see what your heart is doing throughout your day and while you sleep. Your physician can see when, how and possibly why your heart speeds up, slows down or skips a beat. 
  • EVENT MONITOR – An Event Monitor is a heart monitor that is worn for an extended period of time, usually a month.  It allows you to show what your heart is doing when you feel funny.  If you have ever had your heart feel funny and go to the doctor only to have it feel fine, an Event Monitor is for you.  If you are out and about and your heart starts acting funny all you need to do is press a button and you can record what it is doing.  That recording can then be sent via telephone to your physician so he/she can see what you are talking about. 
  • STRESS TEST – When your physician can’t see what is wrong with your heart after an EKG, Holter Monitor or Event Monitor you may need a Stress Test.  Or your physician may jump from an EKG directly to a Stress Test depending upon your symptoms.  During this test we stress your heart.  This can be done with exercise or by giving you certain drugs.  Either way the idea is to make your heart work as hard as it can handle and see if it still performs as well as it should.  This takes the same electronic picture as an EKG or can be done with X-rays to show how your heart actually beats. 
  • EEG – An EEG checks your brain waves.  Generally it checks for epilepsy or convulsive disorders but can also check for spots in your brain that just don’t work as well as they should.  It involves putting a lot of electrodes on your head and looking at your brain waves while you rest or sleep. 
  • SLEEP STUDY – A Sleep Study is like an EEG with a whole lot more wires and belts attached to you.  It checks your brain waves along with your breathing, your heart, your leg movements and many other things.  This is all done while you sleep.  If your Sleep Study shows that you have Apnea, stopping breathing while you sleep, the technicians can set you up with a CPAP machine to make your Apnea go away.  A CPAP machine pressurizes your lungs so you won’t stop breathing while you sleep.  
  • APNEALINK – An ApneaLink is a machine that shows if you have Apnea.  This machine can be worn in your own home while sleeping in your own bed.  The best thing about it is that we let you use it for free.  You pick up the machine from the Cardiopulmonary department and we will show you how to wear it and turn it on, in the morning you bring it back and we show you what your study has to say.  If people have told you that you quit breathing while you sleep or you just wake up real tired all the time you could try this at home.  All it takes is an order from your doctor. 
  • ABG – An ABG is an Arterial Blood Gas.  Blood from your Arteries show if your lungs are working the way they should.  Arterial blood has just come from your lungs and has more oxygen and other gases in it than your veins.  By seeing how your lungs are giving oxygen to your blood your physician can decide what he/she needs to do to make you feel better. 
  • HELPING YOU BREATH – Cardiopulmonary is here to help you breath better.  There are many types of treatments that we perform daily in an effort to make people breathe easier.  Hand Held Nebulizers and Meter Dose Inhalers are medications that go directly into your lungs to open them up and help you breath better.  Oxygen is a gas that can help supplement people who find that the amount of oxygen in the air just isn’t enough to make them breath easy.  We can add extra pressure to your lungs to help you breath with CPAP and BiPAP machines.  And when you can no longer breathe for yourself we can breathe for you with a Ventilator.  Before that we can teach you exercises for your lungs using Incentive Spirometers, Peak Flow devices and Acapellas, a device that strengthens your lungs and helps mobilize secretions.  We can check your progress by performing Pulmonary Function Tests at regular intervals. 

Our mission is to keep you breathing to the best of your ability so that we don’t have to treat you in the hospital, but if we do see you at the hospital we are well equipped to get you back on the right track.