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Respiratory & Lung Care

Most people have felt out of breath at some point in their lives. Usually, they will blame it on being out of shape, having some kind of temporary illness or being older. But, for people who have breathing problems often, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. Gundersen Pulmonary has trained providers who can help diagnose and treat lung and breathing disorders.

Respiratory and lung conditions we treat

Asthma: While there is no cure for asthma, Gundersen specialists can help you find the right treatment and lifestyle changes to control it. Common symptoms include: shortness of breath, feeling tightness or heaviness in the chest with exertion or at rest, persistent cough or repeated episodes of bronchitis, especially in people who don’t smoke, wheezing and waking up in the middle of the night feeling short of breath.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): COPD is a progressive, but treatable disease that causes problems breathing. The two most common forms of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is most commonly diagnosed with a pulmonary function test.

Chronic cough: If you have a cough that lasts longer than three weeks, it could be chronic cough. See your doctor to make sure it’s not a sign of a more serious problem such as asthma, COPD, gastroesophageal reflux, postnasal drip or side effects from a medication.

Lung nodules: Lung nodules, also known as pulmonary nodules, are spots or lesions in the lungs. Some nodules can be cancerous, but more than half of all single pulmonary nodules are noncancerous.

Lung cancer: Lung cancer doesn’t usually have symptoms until the disease is advanced. Some of the early symptoms can include cough, chest pain, coughing up blood, pneumonia and fatigue.

Pulmonary hypertension: Pulmonary hypertension is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. It causes the heart to work harder to pump blood and over time can cause heart failure. It is generally is a secondary condition caused by another illness such as COPD, congestive heart failure or a congenital heart defect. Symptoms include: shortness of breath with or without activity, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain/pressure, fast heart rate and swelling.

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath may be caused by physical exertion, stress or anxiety, asthma, lung diseases including emphysema, and heart disease. If shortness of breath becomes severe, limits your activities or doesn’t go away, be sure to see your doctor.

Learn more about our treatments for lung disorders.

Pulmonary is a department of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

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