Our Approach to Pulmonology
All the cells in your body need oxygen. That’s why when your lungs don’t produce enough oxygen, it affects the rest of your body. That’s also why Summit Health pulmonologists provide comprehensive care that uses a team approach.
Our pulmonologists treat the full range of lung diseases, including asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), interstitial lung disease and lung cancer.
Signs You Should See a Pulmonologist
- Coughing, particularly a persistent cough that is severe or doesn’t go away for three weeks or more
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Fatigue, feeling tired all the time
- An abnormal lung scan or X-ray
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Pulmonology Conditions We Treat
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
- Chest Pain
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Dyspnea (Shortness of Breath)
- Hyperventilation (Rapid Breathing)
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Long-Term Effects of COVID-19
- Lung Cancer
- Lung Nodule
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Persistent Cough
- Pleural Effusion (Fluid on Lungs)
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Pulmonology Treatments and Services
Why Choose Summit Health
- Diagnosing shortness of breath: Shortness of breath (also known as dyspnea) can be caused by any number of issues, including anxiety, obesity, congestive heart failure, asthma or COPD. Our pulmonologists lead the Breathe Easy Program, which specializes in getting to the root cause of these issues.
- Pulmonary function tests: We provide comprehensive pulmonary evaluation through our pulmonary function tests. These tests measure how well your lungs take in and exhale air. They also check how well your lungs transfer oxygen into your blood. Pulmonary function tests are often combined with a 6-minute walk test to see how your lungs and heart work together.
- Care for complex lung diseases: Complex respiratory conditions like interstitial lung disease and COPD need a coordinated approach. Once our pulmonologists provide you with a diagnosis (based on pulmonary evaluation and testing), they personalize your treatment to your situation and lifestyle. And they coordinate with other Summit Health specialists as needed to address any related issues, such as heart or sleep issues.
- Coordinating heart and lung disease care: Some lung diseases affect your heart and vice versa. For instance, conditions like pulmonary hypertension, where your heart must work harder to pump blood through your lungs, can often co-occur with heart failure. Our pulmonologists and cardiologists at the Cardiopulmonary Center use a team approach to give you comprehensive treatment that addresses all the ways your body is affected by these complex diseases.
- Biologic therapy for severe asthma: If you have asthma that is not controlled well by inhalers (known as intractable asthma), you may be a candidate for biologic therapy. Summit Health pulmonologists have experience with the latest biologic medications available.
- Coordinating home care and oxygen therapy: If you need oxygen therapy, our nurses help secure home care respiratory therapy and physical therapy. They also work with oxygen therapy companies to set up at-home oxygen therapy.
- Lung cancer screening: If you are at risk for lung cancer, our pulmonologists may recommend low dose CT lung screening. They also recommend how to address any lung nodules that the screening may uncover based on time-tested processes and the latest research.
- Pulmonary embolism monitoring: People who survive a pulmonary embolism need close follow up throughout their lives. Our pulmonologists will monitor your existing blood clots and help you keep them from growing (as well as prevent new ones) through blood thinners or other medication.