Respiratory Therapy Diagnosis

Leading-Edge Respiratory Care For The Following Conditions

PNEUMONIA — An infection of the lungs —viruses, fungi, or parasites cause some, but bacteria cause many cases. The most common bacterial pneumonia is called pneumococcal pneumonia, a severe disease that can strike anywhere, anytime. Specific symptoms, like cough and fatigue, can last for weeks, or even longer.

CYSTIC FIBROSIS — An inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. CF affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat, and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are usually thin and slippery, but people with CF possess a defective gene, which causes the secretions to become thick and sticky. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, ducts, and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas.

PULMONARY FIBROSIS — Occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for your lungs to work correctly. As PF worsens, you become progressively more short of breath. A multitude of factors can cause scarring associated with pulmonary fibrosis. When a specific cause can’t be found, the condition is termed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

TRACHEOSTOMY — a surgically created opening in the neck leading directly to the trachea (the breathing tube). It is maintained open with a hollow tube called a tracheostomy tube.

COPD — (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. “Progressive” means the disease gets worse over time. COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.

PULMONARY HYPERTENSION — A type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs and the right side of your heart.

SLEEP APNEA — A potentially serious sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep. Each pause can last for a few seconds to a few minutes and happen many times a night.

CHRONIC HYPERCAPNIA — An imbalance of oxygen and CO2 in your body due to improper breathing.

HYPOXIA — A condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply at the tissue level.

CHRONIC BRONCHITIS — Chronic bronchitis is long-term inflammation that can cause narrowing of the larger airways in your lungs, limiting airflow in and out of your lungs, making it hard to breathe. Unlike bronchitis, you may experience with a common cold or other viruses, chronic bronchitis can come and go over months or years.