Northern Maine Medical Center’s Cardiopulmonary Department offers a range of evaluations, treatments and therapies for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory disorders. The team of allied health specialty staff is trained in the treatment and management and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the respiratory system. Specific testing techniques are employed to assist in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of respiratory ailments. This includes but is not limited to the therapeutic use of medical gases, air and oxygen delivery services, environments control systems, humidification, ventilator assistance and mechanical ventilation, pulmonary rehabilitation and the maintenance of artificial and natural airways.
Electroencephalograph testing or EEG’s are also available and performed by specially trained staff. Various types of cardiac stress testing are offered as well as holter and event cardiac monitoring.
Sleep studies are offered through a partnership with The Aroostook Medical Center which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. One of the most common methods used to diagnose sleep apnea is a sleep study which may require an overnight stay at NMMC’s sleep lab or the study may be done right in the home with the use of simple equipment. The sleep study monitors a variety of functions during sleep including: sleep state, eye movement, muscle activity, heart rate, respiratory effort, airflow, and blood oxygen levels. This test is used both to diagnose sleep apnea and to determine its severity. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, the first thing to do is see your doctor. To learn more, call NMMC’s Cardiopulmonary Department at 834-1308.