Centreville Area’s Leading Pulmonology Specialists are Ready to Help
Are you struggling to breathe? Are you experiencing explosive coughing? Is your asthma difficult to control? Have you been diagnosed with a lung condition?
Your respiratory system is a complex system in your body. Diseases and conditions affecting this system can have serious negative consequences and can impact all aspects of your life.
At NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates, our training in the area of Pulmonology enables us to understand your respiratory system and to focus on diagnosing and treating lung and breathing issues.
Why You May Need to See a Pulmonary Specialist
All of the above questions and more are reasons you may need to see a pulmonary specialist in Centreville, VA.
Yes, your primary care physician can treat a common respiratory infection stemming from a cold or bronchitis. It’s when that treatment isn’t effective that we come in. You may be referred to us or come to us on your own.
As lung specialists, we diagnose and treat more complex conditions before they become critical.
The sooner you receive a diagnosis on a lung condition, the sooner it can be treated and the more likely it is that we can stop the progression of the condition.
What is a Pulmonologist?
Pulmonologists are medical doctors who have specialized in the function and organs of the respiratory system. Most people think of the respiratory system as their lungs. So, yes, we are lungs specialists. And, while the lungs themselves are a part of the respiratory system, there are many other parts involved with breathing.
The Respiratory System:
- Nasal cavity and nose
- Bronchi and bronchioles
- Muscles involved with respiration
Because there are so many parts to the respiratory system, it can be difficult for a non-lung specialist to diagnose or treat a critical lung issue. And, because many symptoms of lung conditions are similar to heart conditions, we pulmonary specialists often work with cardiologists during the diagnosis stage of treatment.
When Should You Make An Appointment With A Pulmonary Doctor?
We aren’t usually the first stop for a patient. Allergies, colds, coughing, and other ailments are often diagnosed and treated at urgent care clinics, the primary doctor’s office, by allergists or an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT).
Symptoms that persist for more than a few weeks, or that become severe, often require a consultation with your primary care doctor to get a referral to a pulmonologist.
Some warning signs of pulmonary issues that could progress into something critical include:
- Pain or tightness in the chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath when walking
- Dizziness, lightheaded
- Wheezing or coughing
- Frequent bronchitis or chest colds
- Asthma that is difficult to control
What to Expect When You See A Pulmonary Doctor for Diagnosis
As with any visit to a health care provider, you can expect to be asked about your health and medical history. An initial consultation will review the symptoms you’re currently experiencing, the severity of those symptoms, and the length of time you’ve been experiencing them.
Depending on the symptoms and their severity, you can expect medical tests so that we can confirm a diagnosis and we can get a clear picture of what is happening in your respiratory system.
Common tests that you may already be familiar with include:
- Blood work
- Chest x-rays
- CT scan
Not so common tests may include:
- Spirometry – a test done in the office to assess how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you inhale, how much you exhale and how quickly you exhale.
- Bronchoscopy – the doctor inserts a thin tube containing a light and camera into the lungs through the nose or mouth to examine the inside of the lungs, including the bronchi.
Call Us Today to Learn More About How We Can Help
Whether you want to manage an existing condition or receive a diagnostic check-up, our pulmonary doctor at NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care Sleep Associates understands the unique challenges and strain pulmonary issues puts on a family. Call or Schedule an Appointment below to learn more about how we can help get you back to your typical health self.
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
- Follow Braddock Rd to US-29 S
- Follow VA-28 N/Sully Rd and US-50 W to Stone Springs Blvd W in Dulles
- Continue on Stone Springs Blvd W to Our Office
Areas We Serve: Fairfax, VA