Respiratory Services at Grant Regional Health Center
How well your pulmonary system functions and the quality of sleep you are getting has a huge impact on your overall quality of life. If the way you breathe and sleep is interfering with the way you want to live your life, Grant Regional Health Center has a specialized team of Respiratory Therapists to help you achieve better health. Our Respiratory Therapists work alongside your other trusted medical providers to help diagnose lung and breathing disorders and recommend treatment methods.
Home Sleep Tests
While it may be noticeable if you are having breathing difficulties while awake, sometimes it can be more difficult to diagnose sleep breathing issues. Home Sleep Tests (HST’s), also known as Home Sleep Studies, are one method of determining whether you have a sleep disorder. These tests are often conducted when Sleep Apnea is suspected. Common signs of sleep apnea can include being told that you are snoring, snorting, or gasping in your sleep; or you may notice that you have disruptive sleep and are fatigued during the day.
Home sleep tests are conducted in the comfort of the patient’s own home. A small monitor will be attached to a chest belt, as well as placement of a nasal cannula and a pulse oximeter. Once you have your next appointment, the data recorded from these devices is downloaded, analyzed, and reviewed by a sleep physician.
Pulmonary Function Test
Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT’s) are tests that are ordered to see how well your lungs are functioning. These tests are conducted when you may have a disorder that is obstructing or restricting the function of your lungs and measure factors such as: lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange.
Common reasons that a PFT may be recommended include allergies, respiratory infections, trouble breathing from injury to chest or recent surgery, chronic lung conditions (such as asthma, bronchiectasis, emphysema, chronic bronchitis), Asbestosis, restrictive airway problems, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, or as a preparation for surgery. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, some patients find themselves in need of a PFT in relation to long-term effects from COVID.
Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab are treatment methods designed to help a patient improve lung function, reduce the severity of their symptoms, regain strength, and get back to a higher level of activity to improve their quality of life. Pulmonary Rehab may be different for each patient and based on their unique needs. The cardiopulmonary team will work with your physician to figure out the best course of action for your treatment needs.