Lung Health Specialist

CHW Cares

Medical Center & Comprehensive Dentistry located in Washington Heights, New York, NY

If you experience breathing problems or ongoing lung health issues, you can trust the primary care specialists at CHW Cares in Washington Heights, Manhattan, for exceptional care. They offer comprehensive pulmonary services for New York City patients 65 and older.

Lung health Q & A

What is pulmonology and how can it enhance lung health?

Pulmonology includes prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions related to the lungs and breathing. Examples include asthma, pneumonia, and many others. Treatment with CHW Cares helps you breathe easier and reduces your risk of complications.

Which conditions can affect lung health?

Common conditions pulmonologists at CHW Cares can treat include:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis 
  • Pneumonia
  • Sleep apnea
  • Lung cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung nodules
  • Mesothelioma
  • Infections
  • Nocturnal epilepsy
  • Post COVID-19 lung disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary embolism

CHW Cares specialists can determine which pulmonary condition you have and can develop an effective treatment plan.

What are the common symptoms of lung disease?

Signs and symptoms of lung diseases include:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chronic coughing
  • Sleeping problems
  • Coughing up blood or mucus
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Chest tightness 
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Problems breathing during activity
  • Feet, ankle, or leg swelling

Seeking treatment at the first sign of lung health or breathing problems gives you the best chance of recovering without complications.

How does my doctor diagnose lung health problems?

The CHW Cares team discusses your medical history, reviews your symptoms, and checks your vital signs to determine which lung or breathing problem you have. During a physical exam, they assess your breathing patterns and overall health.

Your specialist may have you complete blood tests, lung function (breathing) tests, chest X-rays, CT scans, or other imaging procedures.

What are common pulmonology treatments?

The pulmonology team at CHW Cares may recommend the following:

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes that often improve health outcomes include not smoking, eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Medications

Taking medications can alleviate your symptoms, speed up recovery from lung diseases, and reduce your risk of complications. 

Inhalers

If you have asthma or another breathing disorder, using an inhaler can help you get a full breath of air.

Oxygen therapy

Oxygen therapy delivers extra oxygen to your lungs to prevent breathing difficulty. It can improve your quality of life and extend your life expectancy in some cases.

Ventilation therapy

Ventilation therapy at CHW Cares uses an oxygenating machine and mask to make breathing easier and reduce carbon monoxide inhalation.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

If you have a lung disease or illness, pulmonary rehab with a specialist teaches you ways to breathe more efficiently.

 

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