Pulmonary Medicine

Pulmonary Medicine

At Lifeline hospital Respiratory Institute, we provide world-class patient care by combining our strengths in clinical expertise, research and education. Serving nearly 90,000 patients annually, the Respiratory Institute’s unsurpassed expertise and experience attracts patients from all over the world who seek a definitive diagnosis and cutting-edge treatment, often for a rare or complex lung disorder. With more than 60 pulmonologists, allergists/immunologists and critical care specialists, the Respiratory Institute diagnoses and treats a wide range of lung, allergy and breathing-related conditions.

Model of Care
Lifeline hospital is a non-profit academic medical center led by doctors. As a “group practice” model, physicians at Lifeline hospital are full-time, salaried employees. They get paid the same regardless of how many procedures they perform or patients they see. This practice eliminates incentives to perform unnecessary tests or procedures and encourages physicians to consult with colleagues and spend the time necessary to practice excellent medicine.

What does that mean to you? It means that as a patient of Lifeline hospital, you’ll have access to the broadest possible range of solutions from skilled, experienced doctors, nurses and technicians. Options you may not have in your home town

Our Treatment Programs and Centers

Patients receive comprehensive, individualized patient care through our unique clinical programs and centers. Our programs bring together teams of specialists within the Respiratory Institute, as well as from cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, thoracic imaging, and pulmonary pathology, to provide an integrative, multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Additionally, our physicians and staff collaborate on a daily basis to research and develop new diagnostic and treatment options, shortening the gap between the laboratory discoveries of today and the patient care of tomorrow.

Lifeline Hospital has an advanced thoracic care unit catering to all aspects of pulmonary medicine delivered under the same roof. It is a unit designed for early detection of diseases, performing required interventions and providing pulmonary rehabilitation to help patients with respiratory illnesses to lead healthier and productive lives. Our vision is a society whose respiratory health permits a long and productive life.

The department has been equipped with state of art facilities in the care of respiratory and other thoracic disorders. There is an advanced pulmonary function laboratory, a dedicated sleep medicine unit apart from an interventional pulmonology suite. The department also has programmes running for smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation and respiratory allergies.

Experts in Pulmonary Medicine at Lifeline provide comprehensive consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with illnesses that affect the lungs and breathing. The latest technology is used to provide state-of-the-art care in both the outpatient and hospital settings, including the intensive care units.

Pulmonary specialists have expertise in a range of respiratory conditions including but not limited to: lung cancer diagnosis and treatment; chronic obstructive lung diseases including asthma; interstitial lung diseases; pulmonary vascular disease including pulmonary hypertension; sleep disorders; acute and chronic respiratory failure; and various lung infections.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

What are the symptoms of Asthma?

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling (wheezing is a common sign of asthma in children)
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virus, such as a cold or the flu

What are some of the common causes of Asthma?

  • Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, mold, cockroaches and dust mites
  • Allergic reactions to some foods, such as peanuts or shellfish
  • Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
  • Physical activity (exercise-induced asthma)
  • Cold air
  • Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke
  • Certain medications, including beta blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve)
  • Strong emotions and stress
  • Sulfites and preservatives added to some types of foods and beverages
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which stomach acids back up into your throat
  • Menstrual cycle in some women

What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by infection. Bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites can cause pneumonia. Pneumonia is a particular concern if you're older than 65 or have a chronic illness or weak immune system. It can also occur in young, healthy people.

What are the symptoms of pneumonia ?

  • Fever
  • Lower-than-normal body temperature in older people
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Shaking chills
  • Chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy)
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue

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