Pulmonary Clinic Questions and Answers
Whether you are struggling with shortness of breath or are worried you might have a lung disorder, a pulmonary clinic can help provide you with both answers and medical treatment. At Dr. Luis Mesa, MD, we are happy to provide compassionate and expert medical attention for any pulmonary issues you bring to us! For more information, please call us or schedule an appointment online! We are conveniently located at 21110 Biscayne BLVD ST 405, Aventura, FL 33180.
What does a pulmonary clinic do?
Pulmonary clinics are medical centers that focus on preventing, diagnosing, and treating disorders or medical conditions that affect the lungs and respiratory tract. As pulmonary medicine is a subspecialty in the field of internal medicine, pulmonary clinics typically staff at least one physician that is board-certified in internal medicine and specializes in pulmonology. Here at Dr. Luis Mesa, MD, our medical director, Dr. Mesa, has multiple board certifications in internal medicine, sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine! With his decorated expertise, you can rest assured that you will receive thorough and high-quality care at our pulmonary clinic.
At Dr. Luis Mesa, MD, our pulmonary clinic offers the following services:
- Critical care medicine
- General pulmonary medicine
- Internal medicine
- Primary care
- Sleep medicine
What can I expect at a pulmonary appointment?
While what happens at your pulmonary appointment will ultimately depend on what you are coming in for, there are some routine things that you can expect to happen. As such, your pulmonologist will begin by asking you about your symptoms, with questions including what they are, when they started, what triggers them, and how severe they are. Next, they will likely perform a physical, which will consist of them listening to your breathing, examining your chest wall and rib cage, and other techniques to assess your lungs’ health. A couple of these techniques involve placing a pulse oximeter on the tip of your finger to measure how much oxygen your body is getting, and using a spirometer to test your lung function, in which you will blow into a tube that is connected to a computer. Depending on what they find, they may require further tests to help them make an accurate diagnosis, such as blood work, chest X-rays, CT scans, or bronchoscopy.
It is unlikely that all of the above will take place, but you should expect a combination of a few of the things mentioned to happen. Given the information they find from the questions, tests, and observations, your pulmonologist will provide a diagnosis, if there is one, and will prescribe a treatment plan for you.
What are pulmonary diseases?
Pulmonary diseases are any illnesses that affect the lungs and respiratory system. Such conditions can be caused by exposure to harmful contaminants, infection, smoking, or genetics. Some examples of pulmonary diseases and disorders that we are proud to treat at Dr. Luis Mesa, MD, include the following:
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Interstitial lung disease (ILD)
- Lung cancer
- Neuromuscular lung disorders, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or myasthenia gravis
- Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
- Pleural disease or effusion
- Pulmonary edema
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Pulmonary hypertension
If you suffer from any of the above pulmonary disorders and are looking for an exceptional pulmonary clinic for treatment, you can find what you need at Dr. Luis Mesa, MD! For appointments or to learn more about our services, call us at (305) 440-4499 or schedule an appointment through our website. You can find Dr. Luis Mesa, MD, at 21110 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 405, in Aventura, Florida. We serve patients from Aventura FL, Surfside FL, Golden Glades FL, Andover FL, Miramar FL, Hollywood FL, West Park FL, and Miami Gardens FL.
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