Pulmonology is the field of internal medicine that focuses on the human respiratory system, such as the lungs or windpipes. If you’re having trouble breathing or shortness of breath, you may be referred to a pulmonologist for further diagnosis or treatment.
At NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates, we’ve helped countless Chantilly area residents and families get the answers, treatment and care they deserve. If you’re in need of a second opinion or specialized treatment, give us a call today to schedule a consultation and to find out why so many local Chantilly residents trust us to care for them and their families.
Dr. Aditya N Dubey is ranked best-in-class for pulmonology and sleep disorder treatment.
We take all insurance types and will not refuse service for those seeking treatment.
Trusted partnership with Stone Springs Hospital Center for consultations & admissions.
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How is a Pulmonary Doctor Different from a Primary Care Physician?
Primary care physicians can treat common colds or allergies which can both create respiratory complications, but a pulmonology doctor is often necessary when issues with the airways or lungs are much more serious.
A pulmonologist must go through extensive training before they can practice medicine, going through the same initial educational track as those working in internal medicine. A hospital residency usually lasts several years, and is focused on studying the respiratory system. Once the residency has been successfully completed, a pulmonologist must take certification exams and participate in ongoing education in their field.
When is it Necessary to see a Pulmonologist?
If you’re having trouble breathing or battling a persistent or chronic cough, it’s best to see your primary care physician first. However, if you’ve noticed your condition continues to worsen or persists longer than a few weeks, it may be time to see a pulmonologist to explore diagnosis and treatment options.
Below is a list of symptoms that may be a red flag for a serious respiratory condition:
- Wheezing: it feels like you’re breathing out of a straw even when not doing strenuous physical activity
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing during exercise
- Colds that have lasted several weeks
How a Pulmonologist Can Treat Your Respiratory Ailment
Seeing a pulmonologist may be necessary if you have respiratory disease, lung cancer, asthma, or another condition that makes breathing difficult. You may be referred to a pulmonologist who further specializes in a certain area like pulmonary fibrosis or bronchitis to get the best diagnosis and treatment.
Pulmonologists use several different methods to diagnose respiratory diseases, such as collecting patient’s blood for analysis, CT scans, and chest x-rays. You may need to complete several tests before a full diagnosis is made.
Once your pulmonologist is able to determine the condition, severity and any underlying causes, they will create a treatment plan for each patient tailored to their unique circumstances. Treatment may include a combination of rehabilitation, medicines, or therapy.
In some cases, serious respiratory ailments may require surgery, but this will be carried out by a surgeon, not the pulmonologist. However, a pulmonologist may work with the patient and recommend a post-surgery treatment plan.
How Do You Find a Good Pulmonologist?
Because a pulmonologist is a specialist, you should generally reach out to your primary care physician to get a referral in most cases.
Many doctors already have a list of contacts of specialists who they trust, and we’re proud to say that NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates ranks among those. However, it is always advisable to call your insurance provider or check online to make sure your provider is in-network to avoid unexpected bills.
If you’ve found a few pulmonologists that are local and meet your insurance requirements, do a little research to learn more about them. It may be helpful to read reviews from reputable medical websites. See what kind of pulmonology they specialize in and if past patients were satisfied with their treatments.
Since our inception, NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates has worked hard to establish a reputation as the leading pulmonary care provider in the greater Chantilly area. From our leading medical team to cutting edge treatment options and world-class technology, we aim to set the bar high.
Get the Help You Need and Deserve – call us today
Our convenient locations and friendly administrative staff make it easy to set up and schedule an appointment on a day and time that works best for you. However, some doctor’s offices are extremely busy and may not have immediate openings, so it’s always best to plan ahead if you can.
Our talented pulmonologists will help you understand the cause of your symptoms, provide an accurate diagnosis and put together a custom treatment plan tailor-made just for you and designed to achieve the best possible outcome.
Take back control of your health and well-being with the help of our caring and dedicated team. Call today to schedule an appointment or learn more about what we have to offer.
NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates
24430 Stone Springs Blvd Suite 200, Dulles, VA 20166
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm
- Head northwest on US-50 W toward Centreville Rd
- Turn right onto Stone Springs Blvd W
Additional Areas We Serve: Leesburg, VA