Gunnison Valley Hospital

Cardio-Pulmonary Services

Gunnison Valley Health is proud to offer several different Cardio-Pulmonary Services to the residents of Gunnison County, such as Cardiac Rehab and Respiratory Care.

To contact Cardio-Pulmonary Services please call: 970-641-7295

Respiratory Care & Diagnostics

Cardiopulmonary Service offers both respiratory therapy and cardiopulmonary diagnostics. Our department cares for individuals suffering from lung disabilities, patients who have difficulty breathing due to numerous lung ailments, i.e. asthma, emphysema, or lung cancer to name a few. Using therapies, or medications, we help patients overcome their breathing difficulties. Our Department is also involved in diagnostic testing. We work together with our physicians’ in their efforts to uncover diseases. Testing such as Exercise Cardiac Treadmills, Pulmonary Function Analysis and 24 hour heart monitoring are just a few of the diagnostics offered at Gunnison Valley Hospital through the Cardiopulmonary Department.

Cardiac Rehab

GVH offers Level I, II and III Cardiac Rehabilitation, which involves a multi-disciplinary team that works to restore the highest possible level of functions to patients who have suffered from heart attacks, open-heart surgery, or other cardiac events. PT, Nursing, RT, and Pharmacy services combine their efforts to provide a personalized plan of care for each patient.

Cardiopulmonary Services is also involved in outpatient programs such as Smoking Cessation classes, and asthma programs. All of these programs help patients cope with their disease in order to live a more functional lifestyle with chronic disease.

Pulmonary Rehab

The Respiratory Department has an outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation program for patients with chronic lung disease. The goal of Pulmonary Rehab is to ultimately transfer the responsibility of care from the clinic, hospital or doctor to home care by the patient, patient’s family or caregiver through individualized therapueutic exercises and education designed to improve capacity to carry out activities of daily living, improve functional capacity and improve understanding of chronic lung disease.

GVH Sleep Study Program

Did you know that approximately 33% of the general population suffers from sleep disorders. Insomnia being the most prevalent followed by sleep apnea and others.

There are several symptoms that may indicate a sleep disorder. They include:
  • Daytime sleepiness and generally tired all the time
  • Restless sleep at night
  • Bedcovers are all over when you awake
  • Snoring that wakes you or others in your household
  • You wake up gasping for breath

If you can identify with any, some, or all of these symptoms you may have a treatable sleeping disorder. At Gunnison Valley Hospital, we can provide you with a diagnostic sleep study that can help explain your symptoms. Talk with your physician about your symptoms and ask him or her to order a sleep study test at Gunnison Valley Hospital. We'll give the results of the study to your physician and appropriate treatment can be prescribed.

Gunnison Valley Hospital is very excited to offer sleep study programs. When considering a sleep study it is good to know that in some situations your physician can determine if you have a sleep disorder by testing your nighttime oxygen level – called a pulse oximetry. If stop breathing during sleep your blood oxygen drops. This drop in oxygen can be recorded and given to your physician who might suspect a sleep disorder.

What can you expect when you come in for a sleep study? There is a comfortable, private room where you will spend the night. Your sleep disorder test will be scored and interpreted by a physician who is board certified in sleep medicine and a treatment plan will then be provided to your family physician. A second sleep study may be necessary to assure the treatment has eliminated your symptoms and to assure you can finally get a good night sleep.

This a valuable program that takes place at an altitude you would normally sleep at. If you have traveled to other locations different or at lower altitudes results can vary tremendously. At altitude studies provide more concise results and help determine accurate readings on your sleep habits.

It is important that you understand that a lifetime of sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems. This is the best method toward treating the symptoms that can lead to these health problems. We want to help you get the sleep your body needs to stay healthy.

If you think you might have a sleep disorder please contact your health care provider to see if this might be right for you. A good night sleep is more important than you think.