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What Is Pulmonary Care?

The most important part of any senior rehabilitation program is to improve recovery. It’s particularly vital when it comes to pulmonary care. Pulmonary medicine focuses on the diagnosis and management of disorders of the respiratory system that include the lungs, upper airways, thoracic cavity, and chest wall. The third leading cause of death in the U.S., (COPD) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is prevalent but preventable.

What Does a Pulmonary Doctor Check for in Seniors?

Pulmonary disease can progress for years without you noticing it. Here are some signs you should talk with your doctor about if you are experiencing them:

  • Increased shortness of breath
  • Frequent coughing or wheezing that last more than three weeks
  • Tightness of chest
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Repeated colds or bronchitis that affects your breathing

In addition, should you experience another health condition in addition to COPD such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or heartburn, all these can impact your COPD and how it’s managed. Your physician can refer you to a pulmonologist who relies on procedures like spirometry, bloodwork, CT scans and bronchoscopies to identify chronic lung disease.

This infographic addresses what a person with COPD can expect from pulmonary care rehabilitation and how beneficial rehab is.

At Carlinville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, we have licensed team members in place who create and carry out individualized recovery plans. We’re able to monitor early signs of health issues and assess your pulmonary care needs and treatment daily. Ask us about our rehabilitation services for seniors or read more about them in this blog.

To inquire about our rehab program for you or a senior family member, call 217-854-2511.