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Cardiopulmonary

The Cardiopulmonary Department at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center provides state-of-the-art diagnostic testing for individuals who suffer from cardiac and pulmonary related illnesses. AMMC is proud to provide our patients with one of the most comprehensive programs available for cardiovascular disease.

All patients receive assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation of their individual needs. Our cardiologists coordinate care with other members of the AMMC healthcare team including the Surgery, Emergency and Rehabilitation Departments.

 

Cardiopulmonary Services
The Cardiopulmonary Department offers a broad scope of outpatient services. These services include but are not limited to:

Appointments
Cardiac Stress Training, 24-hour Holter Monitoring, Electroencephalograms (EEGs) and Pulmonary Function Testing (PFTs). Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. by calling 870-239-7150.

Electrocardiogram (EKGs) services are provided 24 hours a day.

Therapeutics such as Aerosol Medication Delivery, Volume Expansion Techniques, Oxygen Therapy and Ventilator Maintenance are provided around the clock.

Our Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides services on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

More Information
For detailed information on any of these services, or to make an appointment with a cardiologist, please contact one of AMMC's Cardiologists, Dr. Allen Duplantis of Paragould Cardiology at 870-239-8450 or Dr. Ammar Hallak of Cardiology Associates, PA at 870-239-0779.

Smoking Cessation
Without a doubt, nicotine is a powerful addiction. Quitting is hard, but don't give up! Some people try several times before they quit for good. Remember, each time you quit, the more likely you are to succeed. If you quit smoking, you'll live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. The people you live with will be healthier. You'll have more energy to breathe easier, in addition to reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke or cancer. For more information, contact AMMC at 870-239-7000.

Pulmonary Function Testing
A Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) is a test which specifically studies the lungs and how efficiently the mechanisms of respiration, or breathing, occur. The results of the test are used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with airway abnormalities and/or lung disease. This is one way to diagnose and assess the severity of diseases such as asthma or emphysema.

Sleep Lab Services
At the request of a doctor, polysomnography techs administer sleep-lab services to people who are suspected to have sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea is a condition in which, during sleep, breathing ceases for seconds at a time. This can cause the oxygenation in your body to decrease which would obviously cause a number of problems. Some of the signs indicating one might have sleep apnea include very loud snoring or restless leg jerks while sleeping. Depending on the severity and frequency of the sleep apnea, one may benefit from a CPAP machine (a machine that pushes air into your lungs to better oxygenate them) while you sleep. In the sleep lab a study is performed to find out if a patient could benefit from a CPAP machine. It is individually catered to each person's needs. Contact Certified Sleep Medicine Specialist Dr. William J. Bulkley at 870-240-8020 if you think you may suffer from sleep apnea.

Holter Monitoring
A holter monitor is a device that monitors a person's heart rhythm and rate during daily activities. This is helpful to diagnose different heart arrhythmia's, abnormal heart rate or rhythms. You may be asked to wear a holter monitor if you have symptoms of dizziness, palpitations or fainting spells. Often the patient wears a heart monitor for 24 to 48 hours. They are encouraged to perform daily activities while wearing this monitor.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)
An electrocardiogram, or (ECG), is a tracing of the electrical impulses produced by the heart. It is often performed before a surgery, for chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness, black-out spells or history of heart disease. This procedure is a valuable tool used by physicians to help in the diagnosis of heart-rhythm irregularities.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)
An electroencephalogram, or (EEG), is a study of certain brain waves. This can help with the diagnosis of diseases such as epilepsy, seizures or general brain activity in a critically ill patient.