Now that we know what a pulmonologist is, let’s discuss what type of patient would be best suited for pulmonary specialty care. The American Lung Association notes that, “A pulmonologist works with patients facing serious or chronic breathing problems. Some of these doctors focus on certain diseases, like asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and COPD, while others treat unique demographics, like pediatric patients or geriatric patients.” A wide variety of patients can make use of pulmonary care and the best first step is to consult your primary care provider to determine if one may be right for you.
There are a variety of care plans that a pulmonologist may place you or your loved one on depending on the symptoms and diseases present. For example, some procedures a pulmonologist may conduct include spirometry, bloodwork, chest X-rays, CT scans, bronchoscopies. There are also a variety of ventilation management techniques available for those who may need that extra assistance with breathing who cannot do so themselves. Whatever the procedure may be, the pulmonology care unit will consist of highly skilled and trained professionals readily available to answer any questions you or your loved one may have.