Pulmonary Consultation and Follow-up
Blue Ridge Pulmonary Medicine provides consultative services for the evaluation, diagnosis and management of pulmonary diseases. Initial consultation will include a comprehensive review of old records, personal viewing of X-rays and CT scans, physician-directed interview and exam. Follow-up visits will be arranged to review and discuss any new diagnostic studies, initial response to therapies ordered, and to formulate a future plan of action between the patient and physician. Routine follow-ups will also be arranged for any patient deemed to have a long-term disease process like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma, for example.
Pulmonary Function Tests
Pulmonary function tests measure how well the lungs take in air, release air, and move oxygen from the atmosphere into the body for functional use. Using a spirometer and other tools, the pulmonologist can assess airflow, lung volume and diffusion capacity. This test can diagnose certain types of lung disease, find the cause behind shortness of breath, measure exposure to chemicals against lung function or check lung function prior to a surgery. These tests are common for patients with already diagnosed chronic lung diseases whose therapies are being monitored.
Six-Minute Walk Test
For some, monitoring exercise tolerance will be accomplished by this test. The patient will perform a six-minute walk test while blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation and dyspnoea scores are noted. The results are provided at the end of the exercise.
Top Conditions Treated
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)