Medical Specialities: Pulmonology (Lung Care)
Pulmonary specialists have expertise in a range of respiratory conditions including but not limited to: COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, asthma (14yrs or older), sarcoidosis, sleep apnea, pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease, lung nodules.
To be specific, Asthma, a very common chronic disease affects approximately 22 million people in the U.S. In addition, COPD, common but yet under recognized chronic medical condition, affects 12 million people and possibly another 12 million are not diagnosed.
What is COPD?
- C - Chronic - means it is long term and will not go away
- O - Obstructive - means it limits airflow from the lungs
- P - Pulmonary - means it deals with breathing and lungs
- D - Disease - means it is a health problem to be taken seriously
COPD Risk Assessment:
- In the past 4 weeks have you felt short of breath?
- Do you ever cough up phlegm, or mucus, or "stuff"?
- Do you do less activities (cleaning, baking, walking, etc.) because of your breathing?
- Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime?
If you answered yes to any of the questions you should talk to your doctor about COPD.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is the swelling and inflammation of the inside lining of the airways. The muscles tighten around the airways in the presence of triggers. These two problems obstruct the flow of air out of the lungs. Asthma is a chronic lung condition.
Asthma Risk Assessment:
- Do you have shortness of breath?
- Do you have tightness of the chest?
- Do you cough?
- Do you wheeze?
If you answered yes to any of the questions you should talk to your doctor about asthma.