Whether it’s from a common cold or a particularly strenuous workout, everyone experiences shortness of breath at some point in their life. But when it happens on a daily basis, or you’re breathing very heavily after just a short walk, it might be time to see a pulmonologist.
Pulmonologists specialize in pulmonary care — health care for diseases of the respiratory tract (upper airway and lungs). When working correctly, the parts of the respiratory system help you breathe normally and comfortably.
At Stormont Vail Health, our pulmonologists’ goal is to help you keep your respiratory tract healthy so that you can breathe easily. Additionally, we want to make sure that we help with other needs that arise during pulmonary care. We have specialists in nutritional and dietary education, emotional health care, spiritual guidance, and financial assistance available for our patients.
As you receive pulmonary care, we also recommend that you keep up regular appointments with your primary care provider. He or she can perform physicals, screen for illnesses and treat common health conditions, such as strep throat or the flu, to keep your whole body as healthy as possible.
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