An estimated 37 million Americans have a chronic lung disease and require treatment to protect their respiratory health.
At Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep, our skilled pulmonary specialists, Himanshu Chandarana, MD, and Ashok Tyagi, DO, offer comprehensive care for many types of lung disease, including the four most common types affecting people today.
We specialize in customizing treatment plans to manage your lung condition long-term. Our physicians have extensive experience in critical care to help you meet the challenges you face with lung disease.
The 4 most common lung diseases
Several types of lung disease can affect your ability to breathe and your overall lung health, but the four most common our team diagnoses and treats are:
Asthma causes sudden inflammation in your airways and increased mucus production in your lungs when you’re exposed to allergens or other environmental irritants.
Pneumonia is an infection in the air sacs of your lungs. The infection allows fluids to build up in your lungs, which makes breathing difficult.
Lung cancer develops when cells in your lung tissue grow abnormally. The cells can form a mass (tumor) that interferes with your ability to breathe.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an inflammatory lung disease related to conditions like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Inflammation in the lung tissues obstructs airflow to hamper your breathing.
COPD can trigger a persistent cough, wheezing, and excess mucus production.
When to seek treatment for lung disease
You can manage lung disease more effectively in the early stages to prevent your condition from worsening. For this reason, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep as soon as you notice symptoms of lung disease.
Lung disease symptoms include:
- Chest pressure or pain
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up phlegm or blood
- Inability to participate in physical activity
We offer several diagnostic technologies on-site, including chest X-rays and spirometry, to confirm or rule out lung disease as the cause of your symptoms.
Based on your test results, we can customize a care plan to treat the type of lung disease and protect your respiratory health.
Lung disease treatment options
The goals of your treatment plan for lung disease are to ensure you can breathe well and maintain your overall lung function. Our pulmonary specialists may recommend one or more therapies to prevent your lung disease from worsening, such as:
Losing weight and eating a healthy diet can improve your breathing and prevent additional stress on your lungs. Exercising daily can also strengthen your lungs and increase your energy levels.
Some lung diseases are hereditary, but many result from tobacco use. If you smoke and find quitting difficult, you can benefit from our in-office smoking cessation program. Our physicians provide resources to help you quit and the support you need to achieve a smoke-free life.
If your lung disease is advanced, you may need supplemental oxygen. We can discuss your options for oxygen therapy, so you can regain your physical independence and prevent the health complications a lack of oxygen can cause.
Lung cancer treatments
Treatment plans for lung cancer may involve radiation therapy or chemotherapy to destroy cancerous cells. You might also need surgery to remove tumors in your lungs that obstruct airflow.
Call Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep in St. Petersburg, Florida, today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of lung disease.