Pulmonology | Pulmonology

Pulmonology (Lung Care)

Experts in Pulmonology at Trinity 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: COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, asthma (14yrs or older), sarcoidosis, sleep apnea, pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease, lung nodules.

To be specific, Asthma, a very common chronic disease affects approximately 22 million people in the U.S. In addition, COPD, common but yet under recognized chronic medical condition, affects 12 million people and possibly another 12 million are not diagnosed.

What is COPD?

  • C - Chronic - means it is long term and will not go away
  • O - Obstructive - means it limits airflow from the lungs
  • P - Pulmonary - means it deals with breathing and lungs
  • D - Disease - means it is a health problem to be taken seriously

COPD Risk Assessment:

  1. In the past 4 weeks have you felt short of breath?
  2. Do you ever cough up phlegm, or mucus, or "stuff"?
  3. Do you do less activities (cleaning, baking, walking, etc.) because of your breathing?
  4. Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime?

If you answered yes to any of the questions you should talk to your doctor about COPD.

Medical services offered include:

  • Spirometry
  • Complete Pulmonary Functions
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Stress Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scans
  • Methacholine Challenge

What is Asthma?

Asthma is the swelling and inflammation of the inside lining of the airways. The muscles tighten around the airways in the presence of triggers. These two problems obstruct the flow of air out of the lungs. Asthma is a chronic lung condition.

Asthma Risk Assessment:

  1. Do you have shortness of breath?
  2. Do you have tightness of the chest?
  3. Do you cough?
  4. Do you wheeze?

If you answered yes to any of the questions you should talk to your doctor about asthma.

 Providers in this field:
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Heidi Bender FNP-C

Heidi A. Bender, FNP-C, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and a key member of our Pulmo --More--

Jeffrey Verhey MD

Dr Verhey is board certified in three specialties. He is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Crit --More--