Respiratory & Pulmonary Care
Partner with a board-certified pulmonologist at Caldwell UNC Health Care for breathing and lung care. Receive treatment so you can feel better and live your best possible life.
What’s a Pulmonologist?
A pulmonologist is a doctor who provides specialized care for conditions that affect your lungs or breathing ability. Healthy lungs supply oxygen to your body.
Conditions We Treat
Find prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for lung diseases, airway disorders, and respiratory conditions, such as:
Lung Services, Tests & Treatments
Rely on your Caldwell UNC pulmonologist for a complete lung and breathing consultation. Your doctor may recommend:
- Bronchoscopy – Check or treats the airway passages leading to your lungs
- Lung biopsy – Removes a small amount of tissue for testing
- Lung function tests – Check how well your lungs work
- Aridol breathing challenge
- Oximetry – Measures the amount of oxygen in your blood
- Pneumonia and influenza vaccinations
- Thoracentesis – Removes fluid from the space between your lungs and the chest wall
Hospital Lung & Breathing Care
If you’re critically ill from COPD or pulmonary hypertension and need hospital care, you’ll receive lung and breathing management from a pulmonologist. Your treatment may include life-saving ventilation to help you breathe.
Low-Dose CT Lung Scan
Talk to your doctor about whether lung cancer screening is right for you. A low-dose CT (computed tomography) scan can detect lung cancer before you have symptoms. You may be eligible for a lung cancer screening if::
- You are 55 to 80 years old
- And you have a history of smoking at least 30 packs per year
- And you smoke now, or you quit within the last 15 years
- And you are in good health
Respiratory Care & Therapy
Get care from respiratory therapists (RTs) at Caldwell UNC to help you breathe easier. Your RT will work with your doctor to monitor your breathing and provide treatments, such as:
- Bronchodilator therapy – Relaxes the muscles in your airways to make it easier to breathe
- Chest physiotherapy (CPT) – Loosens and helps remove excess mucus from your lungs to improve breathing
- Incentive spirometry – Exercises your lungs by helping you practice taking deep breaths
- Mechanical ventilation – Uses a machine to help you breath
- Oxygen therapy – Increases the amount of oxygen in your lungs and blood
- Pulse oximetry – Measures the oxygen levels in your blood
- Pulmonary function testing – Assesses how well your lungs work
Help to Quit Using Tobacco
Turn to Caldwell UNC for help when you’re ready to stop using tobacco. Talk to your Caldwell UNC pulmonologist or primary care provider about the steps to quitting.
Take advantage of local classes and support at our Quest4Life Wellness Center. Call 828-758-8753 to learn more about how we can help you.
Visit our quitting smoking health library center for more information.
24/7 North Carolina Help
Visit QuitlineNC or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to talk to a quit coach.
Access these websites for information to help you quit using tobacco products: