FIVE REASONS TO SEE A PULMONOLOGIST
COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease involves abnormalities in the lungs that make it difficult to exhale normally. Excessive inflammatory processes eventually lead to these abnormalities in the lung’s structure that permanently obstruct airflow. Two common conditions leading to COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
CHRONIC COUGH: Cough can be acute or chronic. The most common cause of acute cough is an acute respiratory infection. Chronic cough is defined as a cough lasting for more than 3 weeks. A chronic cough may be a signal that a significant health problem exists.
ASTHMA: Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children, but can also affect adults. Asthma is a condition in which the bronchial tubes in the lungs react to stimuli and become inflamed. This produces symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. Severe asthma is a serious health concern that can lead to respiratory failure or even death.
LUNG CANCER: Lung cancer is caused by the rapid growth and division of cells in the lungs. When cells divide too much and too fast, a tumor forms. If the tumor is confined and does not invade surrounding tissues or organs, it is considered benign. By contrast, if the tumor spreads to surrounding tissues or organs, it is considered malignant, or cancerous.
BREATHING PROBLEMS: Difficulty breathing is uncomfortable, tiring, and can be a sign of a serious lung condition. To make sure you are not facing a more serious health problem, consulting a Pulmonologist may be the first step in getting you back on track.
OTHER CONDITIONS REQUIRING
THE CARE OF A PULMONOLOGIST:
ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Coughing Up Blood
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Excess Fluid in the Lungs (Pleural Effusion)
Sarcoidosis (a chronic lung disease)
Solitary Pulmonary Nodule
Pulmonary Services performs all aspects of respiratory care including acute and long-term administration of respiratory therapy. Pulmonary Services maintains life support equipment and responds to all emergency situations. Our registered and certified therapists, along with the physicians, care for all respiratory diagnoses.
- Oxygen application and monitoring
- All respiratory medication nebulization and IPPB delivery
- Setup, maintenance and discontinuation of ventilatory support via BiPap and ventilators
- Perform all aspects of BLS, PAL, ACLS and neo-natal resuscitation
- Pulmonary rehabilitation classes on an outpatient basis
- Smoking cessation classes to public
- Respond to all trauma and emergency situations