What is a Pulmonologist?
A pulmonologist is a specialist in the field of medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating lung and breathing disorders. Many times lung disorders and sleeping disorders go hand-in-hand.
There is specialized training from medical school to fellowship that is completed in pulmonology and there are board certification exams to complete after fellowship to maintain certification in the specialty.
What Conditions Does a Pulmonologist Treat?
At NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates we manage and treat a variety of pulmonary disorders including:
How Are Pulmonary Disorders Diagnosed?
The pulmonologist begins the diagnostic process with a general review focusing on family history of diseases affecting the lungs, like cystic fibrosis, or environmental exposures. In addition, other symptoms of disorders may appear in a full-body exam. Often we work with other specialists, like cardiologists, to give a full diagnostic picture of your lung health.
What Types of Testing Diagnose Pulmonary Disorders?
In our office we may take blood tests, spirometry of maximum airflow, Pulmonary Function Tests, Bronchoscopy, Chest X-rays or CT scanning or sleep studies (polysomnography) to determine the ultimate diagnosis.
Why Choose Our Practice?
Patient comfort is of the upmost importance to our practice. We have technologies in our office that allow patients to do at home testing for diagnostic purposes and also are conveniently located next to Stone Spring Hospital for in patient treatment or testing if necessary.