The Reston Area’s Leading Pulmonary Specialists are Ready to Help.
Struggling to breathe? Been diagnosed with a lung condition? NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates has helped countless patients manage and effectively treat a myriad of respiratory-related conditions, diseases and ailments. Reach out today and find out why so many Reston, VA residents trust us for their family’s care, or read on to learn more about who our pulmonologists are and how they can help.
What is a Pulmonologist?
Pulmonologists are those physicians who specialize in the function and relating tissues and organs of the respiratory system. Although most individuals think of the respiratory system as their lungs, there are many other components involved with breathing.
The Respiratory System Consists of:
- Nasal cavity and nose
- Bronchi and bronchioles
- Muscles involved with respiration
Pulmonologists are medical doctors that have gone through the same medical schooling as an internist before completing their internal medicine residency program and then multiple years as a fellow focused on pulmonology, sleep medicine and critical care. After becoming a board-certified pulmonologist, some physicians will specialize further, focusing on specialty areas of care or on certain respiratory diseases or conditions such as COPD, asthma or pulmonary fibrosis.
Due to the nature of both heart and lung conditions, many symptoms present themselves in a way that makes it difficult to differentiate. As such, our pulmonologists often work in tandem with cardiologists during the diagnosis stage of treatment.
How our Reston Area Pulmonologists can Help
Our talented team of experienced, compassionate and caring pulmonologists often work with patients suffering from chronic or serious breathing problems. Although primary care doctors often capably treat short term conditions such as respiratory colds, pulmonologists specialize in diagnosing, treating and managing more complex conditions and illnesses impacting the respiratory system.
If you or a loved one are suffering from symptoms due to a respiratory condition, obtaining an accurate and reliable diagnosis is the first critical step. Reach out to us today and one of our friendly team members will get you set up with a consultation.
Diagnosis – what to expect
Diagnosis usually begins with a thorough review of your health and medical history, including any medicines you may be taking. An initial consultation will cover the types of symptoms you’re experiencing, severity and for how long.
Based on the outcome of this, your pulmonologist may suggest a number of tests in order to confirm a suspected diagnosis or to better understand what is happening internally in your body.
Common Tests Include:
- Blood work
- CT scans
- Chest X-rays
- Sleep studies
- And more
Once a diagnosis has been made and confirmed, your pulmonologist will work with you to establish a custom-tailored treatment plan specifically for your unique case.
Treatments may involve:
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
Our team understands the unique challenges and strain pulmonary issues can place on a family, with many patients needing long term care. We’ll work with you to adapt treatment plans in a way that best suits your circumstances, coordinating treatment with all members of your healthcare team such as respiratory therapists and pulmonary rehab programs.
How do you Know if it’s Time to See a Pulmonologist?
Generally, a pulmonologist isn’t a patient’s first stop. Allergies, respiratory colds and other ailments often have patients first seeking out urgent care clinics, their primary doctor, allergists or an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT).
However, symptoms that persist for more than a few weeks, or that become severe, may require a consultation with your primary care doctor about getting a referral to a pulmonologist.
Symptoms to Keep an Eye on Include:
- Chest tightness or pain
- Fainting, dizziness or lightheadedness
- Difficulty breathing or easily becoming short of breath
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic or persistent coughing
- Recurring bouts of respiratory colds or bronchitis
- Poorly controlled asthma
Take Charge of your Health – find a pulmonologist today!
If you or a loved one have been suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms, or you feel like you’re not getting the care, treatment or answers you desperately need and deserve from your primary care physician, its time to reach out to us today.
Our local Reston team can get you the answers you deserve and the treatment you need. Your insurance may require a referral, so be sure to check and ask your primary care doctor for one if necessary.
NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Associates
24430 Stone Springs Boulevard, Suite 200, Dulles, VA 20166
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Directions to Our Clinic (via VA-267 W):
- Get on VA-267 W
- Follow VA-267 W to VA-606 W/Old Ox Rd in Ashburn. Take exit 8A from VA-267 W
- Continue on VA-606 W/Old Ox Rd to US-50 W
- Turn right onto US-50 W
- Continue on Stone Springs Blvd W to your destination