If you’ve felt like something has been “off” with your body when you breathe and you haven’t gotten answers from a general physician, you may be in need of a pulmonary consult to get to the bottom of the symptoms. Did you realize that you take approximately 17,000-30,000 breaths per day and that your body is made up of ⅔ oxygen? Needless to say, breathing is important! It’s what helps your cells to regenerate and stay strong.
A pulmonary consult is typically a referral from a primary care doctor to a specialist in pulmonology. They will be able to assist in determining if you have a pulmonary issue. These are the most common pulmonary diseases we see. Do any of your symptoms match these descriptions?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
What is it?
OSA is when your breathing starts and stops during sleep. If you have OSA, the throat muscles relax while sleeping, causing blockage to the airway. This deprives your body of the oxygen it needs to work properly.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may want to schedule a pulmonary consult to see if you have OSA: snoring, high blood pressure, depression, headaches, difficulty concentrating or waking up with a dry and sore throat.
What is it?
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is a disease that worsens over time and makes it very difficult to breathe. Often, the diseases under the scope of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. This is typically caused by inhaling toxic substances like cigarette smoke or air pollution.
Have you noticed a difficulty breathing, incessant cough, mucus or wheezing? If so, you may have COPD.
What are they?
There are many different types of lung diseases. They are anything that impacts the lungs and your ability to breathe correctly. Your body needs oxygen to thrive. It impacts your entire body, so it’s very important to make sure that your lungs are strong and ready to do their job. Some lung diseases include asthma, tuberculosis and lung cancer.
You may have any kind of lung disease if you notice symptoms of excessive coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing up blood or mucus.
We’re here to help you with your cardiology or pulmonary needs. A pulmonary test can help you diagnose and treat respiratory diseases. Put yourself first, and contact us today for more info!