Lung Diseases Treated
Treatment for Many Common Lung Diseases is Offered at The Lung Health Institute. Lung diseases are extremely common. Currently, millions of adults in the United States are living with a respiratory condition — or in some situations, more than one.At the Lung Health Institute, we understand how difficult even the most basic everyday activities can be when you can’t breathe, that’s why we offer innovative treatment options for the following conditions:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung condition — ranging from mild to severe — that is characterized by difficulty breathing and restricted airflow into and out of the lungs. COPD is an umbrella term encompassing chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.
Emphysema is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that gradually destroys the air sacs in the lungs. These air sacs are responsible for bringing oxygen to the bloodstream. As the lung condition progresses, the air sacs begin to form holes, weakening their internal structure in the process. When the air sacs are weakened or damaged, breathing becomes more difficult.
Chronic bronchitis is a condition that falls under the chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) umbrella, along with emphysema. Bronchitis is a lung condition that causes inflammation within the air passages of the lungs. There are two main airways that are affected by this condition – the trachea (windpipe) and the small bronchi (tree-like passages in the lungs).
The term “interstitial lung disease” does not describe a single lung condition. It is actually an umbrella term that is used to describe more than 100 different types of pulmonary disorders – many of which are characterized by scarring in the lung’s delicate tissues.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that thickens and hardens the network of passageways inside the lungs that are responsible for transferring oxygen into the bloodstream. As a result, individuals with pulmonary fibrosis can find themselves short of breath, even with minimal physical exertion and after periods of rest.
Bronchiectasis is a disease that causes the airways inside the lungs to scar and widen, greatly reducing the ability of the lungs to clear out mucus. The mucus can then build up and form a blockage, creating a haven for bacteria growth and greatly increasing the risk of infection and inflammation.
Stemming from the Greek language for “dusty lungs,” pneumoconiosis is an occupational type of interstitial lung disease caused by the repeated inhalation of mineral dust at job sites. The minerals irritate and inflame the lungs, leaving permanent scars.
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