Pulmonary Conditions We Treat
The expertly trained physicians and staff at North Point Pulmonary Associates provide diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for various conditions affecting the lungs and respiratory system.
Below are some of the respiratory conditions we frequently treat:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Lung Cancer
- Pulmonary Nodules
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Pulmonary Hypertension
Asthma is a disease that causes the airways of your lungs to swell and narrow. It leads to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. In people who have sensitive airways, asthma symptoms can be triggered by breathing in substances called allergens or triggers. Our pulmonary specialists are able to help treat your asthma with various medications and will advise how to eliminate asthma triggers and monitor your symptoms.
Bronchiectasis is a disease in which the large airways in your lungs are damaged. As a result of this damage, the airways become wider. It is often caused by inflammation or infection of the airways that keeps coming back. Sometimes it begins in childhood after having a severe lung infection or inhaling a foreign object, but can also be caused by cystic fibrosis, or when you often breathe in food particles while eating. Our physicians at North Point Pulmonary Associates are able to treat bronchiectasis with antibiotics, mucus thinning medications and mucus thinning devices.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common lung disease comprised of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD damages your lungs' airways making it hard to breathe, which can impact your sleep, work, exercise and other activities. Smoking is the main cause of COPD and your risk for developing it increases as you continue to smoke. Although COPD cannot be cured, we offer the most comprehensive treatments available to help relieve COPD symptoms and keep the disease from getting worse.
Emphysema is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) involving damage to the air sacs (alveoli) making it progressively more difficult to breathe. It is often caused by cigarette smoking. Patients with emphysema, typically also deal with chronic bronchitis. Although it is not curable, we are able to treat your emphysema with medications, oxygen therapy and rehabilitation. In some cases we may recommend surgery.
Lung cancer is cancer that starts in the lungs and is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. There are two main types of lung cancer non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Typically this form of cancer is caused by exposure to radon, exposure to carcinogens, and outdoor air pollution.
How we help - Lung cancer may be treated with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
A pulmonary or lung nodule is a small round or oval-shaped growth in the lung. It may also be called a “spot on the lung” or a “coin lesion.” Pulmonary nodules can be either malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous). Primary lung cancer is the most common cause for malignant nodules and benign nodules can be caused by scars or past infections. More than half of all solitary lung nodules are benign.
Pulmonary fibrosis is an interstitial lung disease where lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. Since the tissue is thicker, it makes it more difficult for the lungs to work properly, and therefore makes it harder to breathe. Although pulmonary fibrosis cannot be reversed, at North Point Pulmonary Associates we are often able to treat damaged lung tissue with medications, oxygen therapy or rehabilitation.
Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. It makes the right side of the heart work harder than normal. The right side of the heart pumps blood through the lungs, where it picks up oxygen. Blood then returns to the left side of the heart where it is pumped to the rest of the body. Althought there is no cure for pulmonary hypertension, our goal in treating this condition is to control symptoms with medications or oxygen therapy to prevent more lung damage. It is important to see pulmonary specialists to determine if certain medical disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea or heart valve problems are causing your pulmonary hypertension. This condition is typically treated and managed with lifestyle changes and medication.