Pulmonary Disorders: A Cardiology Perspective

Our cardiology clinic recognizes the critical overlap between cardiovascular and respiratory systems, offering expert care for conditions that impact both. Our approach ensures that patients receive holistic care that addresses the full spectrum of their health needs.

The Heart-Lung Connection

The heart and lungs work closely together to ensure that oxygen-rich blood is circulated throughout the body while removing carbon dioxide from your system. Conditions that affect the lungs can significantly impact heart function, and vice versa. Understanding this connection is crucial for effective diagnosis and treatment.

Pulmonary Disorders We Address

Our clinic specializes in managing a range of pulmonary disorders, particularly those that have a direct impact on cardiovascular health, including:

  • Pulmonary Hypertension: High blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, which can strain the heart.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Heart Disease: COPD can cause low oxygen levels, putting additional strain on the heart.
  • Cor Pulmonale: A condition where the right side of the heart fails due to high blood pressure in the lungs usually caused by chronic lung disease.
  • Pulmonary Embolism: A sudden blockage in a lung artery that can affect heart function due to increased workload on the right ventricle.

Symptoms Indicating a Heart-Lung Evaluation

Symptoms that may warrant a comprehensive heart-lung evaluation include:

  • Shortness of breath not solely explained by a cardiac condition
  • Unexplained fatigue or weakness
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles
  • Chest pain or discomfort, especially if it changes with breathing
  • Persistent cough, with or without sputum production

Our Diagnostic Approach

We utilize advanced diagnostic techniques to assess and differentiate between cardiac and pulmonary conditions, including:

  • Echocardiography: To evaluate heart function and detect pressure changes that suggest pulmonary hypertension.
  • Cardiac MRI: For detailed images of the heart and major vessels, assessing both structure and function.
  • Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs): To measure lung capacity and airflow.
  • CT Pulmonary Angiography: To visualize the pulmonary vessels and identify blockages or clots.

Treatment and Management

Our treatment strategies are tailored to each patient, aiming to improve both lung function and heart health. Treatment options may include:

  • Medication Management: To address both pulmonary and cardiac symptoms.
  • Oxygen Therapy: For patients with significant oxygen desaturation.
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation: To improve respiratory efficiency and overall physical stamina.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Including smoking cessation, diet changes, and exercise tailored to individual capacity.

Collaborative Care

We believe in a multidisciplinary approach to care, collaborating closely with pulmonologists, primary care physicians, and other specialists to provide a coordinated and comprehensive treatment plan for our patients.

Schedule Your Evaluation

If you’re experiencing symptoms or have concerns about your heart and lung health, we’re here to help. Contact us to schedule a comprehensive evaluation and take the first step towards improved health and well-being.