Our specialties in Pulmonary Services include:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
- Lung Cancer
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Pulmonary Hypertension
More information on these areas of expertise can be found below.
Do your allergies lead to coughing and a feeling of tightness in the chest? Do you find that it’s difficult to breathe, during or after exercise? You may be experiencing the symptoms of asthma, a chronic lung disease which narrows and inflames your airways. While asthma can be controlled for many people, it has the potential to complicate other health conditions, reduce the quality of life, and even be fatal when it is untreated.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
COPD is a progressive lung disease, which means that it rarely gets better, and depending on what treatments are used and when they are initiated, may worsen. COPD is rarely diagnosed before 40 years old.
Most of the time, a cough is a simple symptom of a minor irritation in the throat or lungs, and passes quickly. At other times, a cough is part of a cold or other upper respiratory infection, and goes away as the body fights off the infection. Occasionally, a cough is so intense during an illness that a doctor may prescribe medicine to suppress the cough so that the patient can get much-needed rest.
Lung cancer is caused when groups of abnormal cells grow in the lungs. These groups of cells are called tumors, and as they grow, they destroy the healthy lung tissue around them, which makes it more difficult for the lungs to function properly. Because we inhale so many different chemicals in our day to day lives, lung cancers are more likely to change, or mutate, than other types of cancer.
When your lungs have become damaged or scarred due to medication, radiation, environmental factors, illness, or other, unknown reasons, doctors refer to this condition as pulmonary fibrosis.
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