Cardiopulmonary department

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outpatient main line
(307) 755-4489

Monday – Friday except holidays

8:00 am – 5:00 pm by appointment only

Pulmonary Reha­bil­i­ta­tion is an impor­tant part of manag­ing chronic respi­ra­tory disease in patients who still have symp­toms or decreased func­tion after stan­dard medical treat­ments. It is designed to help patients cope with decreased lung func­tion to main­tain maxi­mum levels of inde­pen­dence. The goal of Pulmonary Rehab is to help patients address their own partic­u­lar impair­ments which will return the patient to the best possi­ble phys­i­cal, mental, social and economic independence.


  • Pulmonary Reha­bil­i­ta­tion
  • Pulmonary Func­tion Tests
  • Body Plethys­mog­ra­phy
  • EKG (Elec­tro­car­dio­gram)
  • EEG (Elec­troen­cephalo­gram)
  • Stress Test­ing
  • Holter Moni­tor­ing
  • Sleep Stud­ies

what is a PFT?

PFT’s other­wise known as Pulmonary Func­tion Tests eval­u­ate how well your lungs work. The tests deter­mine how much air your lungs can hold, how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs, and how well your lungs put oxygen into and remove carbon diox­ide from your blood. The tests can diag­nose lung disease, measure the sever­ity of lung prob­lems, and check to see how well treat­ment for a lung disease is work­ing. A licensed tech­ni­cian will coach you through the entirety of the process.

what can i expect during my EKG appointment?

An elec­tro­car­dio­gram, also called an EKG or ECG, is a simple, pain­less test that records the heart’s elec­tri­cal activ­ity. The test can give your physi­cian infor­ma­tion about how fast your heart is beat­ing, whether the rhythm of your heart­beat is regu­lar or irreg­u­lar, and the strength and timing of elec­tri­cal signals as they pass through each part of your heart. A trained tech­ni­cian will need to place a series of elec­trodes on the chest, so it is best to wear loose cloth­ing that will allow for accessibility.

what is a stress test?

The cardiac stress test is done by stim­u­lat­ing the heart, either by exer­cise on a tread­mill or with intra­venous medica­tions, with the patient connected to an EKG machine. A physi­cian will be present during the exam to eval­u­ate your blood pres­sure and other symp­toms, and to give you your results. Please visit with your primary care physi­cian about whether you should take your current medica­tions prior to the test. A gown will be provided as needed as some garments will need to be removed for the test. Imag­ing stud­ies such as nuclear medi­cine or echocar­dio­grams may be done in accor­dance with the stress test to increase test sensitivity.

what is a holter monitor?

The Holter Moni­tor is a small portable elec­tro­car­dio­gram or EKG consist­ing of seven elec­trodes. As with stan­dard elec­tro­car­dio­grams, loose cloth­ing will allow for better acces­si­bil­ity and patient comfort for the monitor’s dura­tion. The device is worn in a pouch around the neck or waist. It keeps a record of the heart rhythm, typi­cally over a 24 – 48 hour period, while the patient keeps a diary record­ing their activ­i­ties and any symp­toms they may feel. The ECG record­ing is then corre­lated with the person’s record of their activ­i­ties and symp­toms. The Holter moni­tor is useful for iden­ti­fy­ing distur­bances which are sporadic and which are not easily iden­ti­fied with the usual rest­ing elec­tro­car­dio­gram test. At the conclu­sion of the 24 – 48 hour period the moni­tor will be removed and a report gener­ated for physi­cian interpretation.

what is a sleep study?

A sleep study is also known as an all-night polysomno­gram. The test is conducted in a private, comfort­able room, while you sleep over a period of six to eight hours. The study is a record­ing that includes measure­ments used to iden­tify differ­ent sleep stages, breath­ing patterns, blood oxygen levels, muscle activ­ity and heart rhythm. The record­ing is accom­plished by using small metal discs (called elec­trodes) applied to the head and skin with an adhe­sive. Flex­i­ble elas­tic belts around the chest and abdomen measure breath­ing. Blood oxygen satu­ra­tion is measured by a clip on the index finger or earlobe. These devices are all are designed to be as comfort­able as possi­ble. The test will be reviewed by a regis­tered polysomno­g­ra­pher and inter­preted by a physi­cian. Please contact your physi­cian for a refer­ral to the sleep center if you suspect you or a loved one have sleep apnea or another sleep related disor­der. Common symp­toms of sleep apnea may include snor­ing and daytime fatigue.