Pulmonology

MedStar Health provides both inpatient and outpatient services to diagnose and treat breathing diseases and disorders. Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary hypertension

In our pulmonary function laboratories, sophisticated diagnostic testing helps doctors evaluate lung function. A physician might prescribe a pulmonary function study for a number of reasons, including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • History of smoking
  • Asthma
  • Environmental exposure
  • Cystic fibrosis

Several types of diagnostic tests can be performed in the lab, including:

  • Ambulating saturation
  • Arterial blood gas sampling
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Diffusion studies
  • Impulse oscillometry
  • Lung volumes
  • Maximum expiratory pressure
  • Maximum inspiratory pressure
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Spirometry

Pulmonary rehabilitation

For some patients, a comprehensive rehabilitation program is key in coping with pulmonary disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help patients regain their strength and endurance while breathing easier. An interdisciplinary team of nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists provide education, psychosocial support, and treatment in the areas of energy conservation, activities of daily living, community skills, and upper extremity strength.

Positive outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation include a reduced number of hospitalizations, as well as reduced symptoms like shortness of breath and fatigue.

Such rehabilitation can also improve patients’ quality of life by giving them increased

  • Endurance for daily activities
  • Coping skills for emotional issues that can occur with a chronic disease
  • Understanding of, and compliance with, medications
  • Ability to understand symptoms of lung disease
  • Self-confidence

Learn more about our rehabilitation services.