Respiratory Care

Pulmonary Conditions on the West Bank

Diagnosing & treating a wide range of conditions

Pulmonary diseases are some of the most common conditions nationwide and internationally. The pulmonary specialists at West Jefferson Medical Center are highly skilled and have specialized training to help them diagnose and treat pulmonary conditions.

The conditions we treat include:

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Lung Cancer
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Bronchitis
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Sleep apnea/snoring

COPD & asthma

COPD and asthma are two of the most common pulmonary diseases, exhibiting similar symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.

COPD is actually an umbrella term for progressive respiratory diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Individuals who suffer from COPD experience a progressive decrease in airflow and inflamed airways. COPD is most often contracted due to smoking or exposure to fumes.

Asthma is a condition separate from COPD, but it generally considered a risk factor of COPD. The exact cause of asthma is unknown, but environmental and genetic factors play a role.

Lung cancer

Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths internationally. Like any other cancer, lung cancer is the result of abnormal cell reproduction.

Patients with lung cancer may undergo treatment methods including:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy

Smoking is generally considered the biggest risk factor for lung cancer development. Quitting smoking is the best way to prevent lung cancer from developing and spreading.

Sleep disorders

The accredited Sleep Disorders Center at West Jefferson Medical Center provides testing for obstructive sleep apnea, periodic leg movement syndrome, narcolepsy, and various parasomnias. We accept patients 3-years and older. The Center is staffed by sleep technologists who are registered in both sleep technology and respiratory therapy.

We perform the following tests & studies:

  • Daytime Diagnostic Sleep Study
  • Overnight Diagnostic Sleep Study
  • Multiple Sleep Latency Test
  • CPAP Titration Study
  • Maintenance of Wakefulness Test