What is a Pulmonologist?
A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the respiratory system. Pulmonology is an internal medicine specialty. A pulmonologist can help with chronic breathing disorders, lung disease, lung disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, and more. If you are suffering from a respiratory condition and need pulmonary rehabilitation, a pulmonary medicine expert can help treat your condition and alleviate symptoms.
Gwinnett Pulmonary & Sleep is the largest pulmonary group in Gwinnett County, serving the north metropolitan Atlanta area. Our 10 board-certified physicians specialize in lung disease, respiratory disorders, and sleep disorders.
Gwinnett Pulmonary & Sleep is committed to excellence in pulmonary patient care. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep services. Our services are available at all office locations and at our affiliated hospital — Northside Gwinnett Medical Center’s Lawrenceville and Duluth campuses.
We proudly serve patients in Monroe, Georgia. If you are a resident of Monroe and are seeking pulmonary care, please call us at 770-955-0630 to schedule an appointment!
Conditions We Treat
We focus on the diagnosis and treatment of multiple pulmonary and sleep conditions. If you are suffering from a pulmonary condition or sleep disorder, Gwinnett Pulmonary & Sleep can help find a solution.
Asthma is a lung condition that causes wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. It is caused by inflammation (swelling) of the lining of the airways in your lungs. Asthma is a chronic condition, which means you may have it for the rest of your life.
Bronchitis is swelling and irritation of the bronchi, which are the airways that connect the windpipe to the lungs. Chronic means the symptoms occur year after year for months at a time.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition in which some of your airways are permanently blocked. COPD makes it harder for you to breathe. It causes strain on and enlargement of your heart (cor pulmonale) and increased blood pressure in your lungs (pulmonary hypertension).
A cough is a bodily reaction that allows the lungs and upper airway to remove foreign material and mucus. There are two different types of coughs— productive coughs, in which phlegm or mucus is produced, and non-productive coughs, which are dry and produce no mucus. A chronic cough is one that lasts eight or more weeks.
Emphysema is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that gradually destroys the lungs. The damage makes it hard to breathe. You have trouble breathing out carbon dioxide, and eventually, you become unable to breathe in enough oxygen.
Lung cancer is an abnormal growth of cells that starts in the lungs. Lung cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the US and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women.
Pneumonia is an infection and inflammation of the lungs. Pneumonia occurs when the lungs are exposed to germs not usually present in the lungs.
A blood clot that travels through the blood vessels is called an embolus. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that blocks an artery in your lungs. It can be a life-threatening problem.
Pulmonary fibrosis is an illness in which the air sacs of the lungs become inflamed and are gradually replaced by scar tissue. As the disease worsens, the scar tissue makes it harder to breathe. It becomes harder for the lungs to get oxygen into the bloodstream. Pulmonary fibrosis is a result of interstitial lung disease.
Sarcoidosis is a disease that commonly occurs in the lungs, in which case it’s often referred to as pulmonary sarcoidosis. It’s caused by small areas of inflamed cells on parts of the lungs, causing them to become stiff and in some cases, not hold as much air as they should.
We are a health care provider dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pulmonary problems with the highest quality of care. We provide a wide range of consultative services and treatments to patients, including various pulmonary tests, sleep tests, and sleep medicine.
PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST
Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are lung tests that measure how well your lungs take in and exhale air and how efficiently they transfer oxygen into the blood. These lung tests evaluate lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange.
A sleep study is a recording that includes measurements used to identify different sleep stages, breathing patterns, blood oxygen levels, muscle activity, and heart rhythm.
A pulse oximeter is a medical device that indirectly measures the oxygen saturation of a patient’s blood and changes in blood volume in the skin, producing a photoplethysmograph.
CARDIOPULMONARY EXERCISE TEST
Diseases that affect the heart, lungs, circulation, or blood will cause an abnormal response to exercise. Exercise testing is useful to help evaluate the cause of shortness of breath that otherwise cannot be determined at rest.
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