Being able to breathe freely and easily is something many of us take for granted. But when breathing becomes difficult, help is available. We use the most up-to-date medical science to diagnose, manage and treat conditions related to breathing and the respiratory system including:
- Asthma – Often caused when a patient’s immune system has a strong response to allergens in the environment, asthma is a chronic condition that makes the airways swell, resulting in symptoms such as shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, wheezing or coughing.
- Bronchitis – Caused by an inflammation of the lungs’ airways, bronchitis can produce symptoms that include coughing up sputum, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pain. Smoking is the most common cause of chronic bronchitis, which can be managed through a combination of medical treatment and lifestyle changes.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – Typically occurring in patients over the age of 40, COPD is an obstructive lung disease that restricts airflow and produces shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and sputum production. It is mainly caused by inhaling pollutants such as tobacco smoke.
- Emphysema – A form of COPD, emphysema is primarily caused by cigarette smoking and results in gradual damage to the lung tissue. Emphysema's primary symptom is shortness of breath.
- Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) – Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition that creates scarring of the lungs, which can cause the patient to experience shortness of breath. There are many different forms of PF, and most people with this condition see the first signs between the ages of 50 and 70.
- Pulmonary Hypertension – This condition occurs when there is increased blood pressure in the arteries of a patient’s lungs. The symptoms they may experience include shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, fainting and swelling of the legs or ankles.
If you have any questions about the treatments we offer or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 928-336-2434.
Meet your Pulmonologist
Yuma Regional Medical Center Specialty Clinics
2851 S. Avenue B, Building 20
Yuma, AZ 85364
Hours: 8am – 4:30pm