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Heart Health Services at Gunnison Valley Health

At Gunnison Valley Health, your heart health is our priority. We provide comprehensive programs and services designed to ensure your heart stays strong and your body thrives. Let's delve into the key initiatives we offer to support your cardiovascular well-being:

Cardiopulmonary Care

Our cardiopulmonary care services focus on advanced diagnostic procedures and expert insights to detect and treat heart conditions early. Stress echocardiograms, EKGs, and echocardiograms play a vital role in our preventive approach:

  • Early Detection: Stress tests can uncover hidden signs of heart conditions before symptoms appear, enabling timely intervention.
  • Tailored Treatment: Insights from these tests allow our healthcare providers to develop personalized treatment plans, guiding lifestyle changes or medical interventions as needed.
  • Risk Assessments: Stress tests help assess an individual’s risk of heart disease, essential for proactive health management.

Leading our cardiopulmonary care team are Stetson Lusk, Supervisor of Cardiovascular Ultrasound, and Meghan Smith, a highly skilled Cardiovascular Sonographer.

CPR/AED Classes

Learning CPR and how to use an AED can be lifesaving in emergencies. Our comprehensive CPR/AED training programs ensure individuals are equipped to respond effectively to cardiac emergencies:

  • Importance: CPR/AED training empowers individuals to intervene during cardiac emergencies, potentially saving lives.
  • Program Description: Our American Heart Association's Blended Learning courses combine online cognitive learning with hands-on skills sessions led by experienced instructors.
  • Benefits: Certification in CPR/AED provides confidence and readiness to act in emergencies.

These classes are led by Gina Lambert, RN BSN Trauma Nurse Coordinator, and Caitlin Pound, RN BSN.

Heart Screens

Regular heart screenings are vital for early detection of heart-related issues. Our comprehensive heart screening program includes cardiac CT for calcium scoring, a non-invasive test assessing coronary artery health:

  • Importance: Early detection through heart screenings enables timely intervention and prevention.
  • Procedure Details: Cardiac CT for calcium scoring identifies blockages that may lead to heart attacks, crucial for adults aged 45-80 with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and family history of heart disease.
  • Benefits: Early detection enables preventive measures, reducing the risk of heart attacks and sudden cardiac death.

Sleep Study Program

Quality sleep is essential for heart health. Our sleep study program offers insights into sleep disorders that may impact cardiovascular well-being:

  • Importance: Polysomnography provides detailed information on how your body reacts during sleep, aiding in the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders.
  • Program Details: We offer both at-home and hospital-based sleep studies, tailored to individual needs.
  • Link to Heart Health: Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular issues.

Prioritizing heart health is essential for overall well-being. We encourage you to take advantage of Gunnison Valley Health's resources and programs, including heart screenings, CPR/AED classes, and our sleep study program. Together, let's work towards a healthier heart and a healthier you. Schedule your appointments today and take the first step towards a heart-healthy lifestyle.