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King’s Daughters opens Center for Pulmonary Health

A new King’s Daughters service speeds diagnosis and treatment of lung disorders.

The Center for Pulmonary Health, located in the Medical Arts Building, 2301 Lexington Ave., Suite 320, specializes in testing, treatment and education for patients receiving follow-up care for lung nodules, those with pulmonary hypertension and those needing pulmonary function testing. The phone number is (606) 408-4414.

Like other conditions, lung diseases can be better managed when caught in the early stages. Therefore, every chest X-ray or chest CT performed at King’s Daughters is reviewed by a cross-sectional committee. Abnormal results (where spots or lung nodules are found) are referred to the lung health nurse navigator for follow up.

Lung nodules are small, rounded areas in the lungs that can be caused by infection, scars or other conditions. While most lung nodules are benign, the American Cancer Society recommends patients be seen within three months of finding the abnormality, and regularly thereafter for a two-year period. The King’s Daughters Center for Pulmonary Health can provide this ongoing care.

“The Center for Pulmonary Health provides a fast diagnosis and treatment plan when a nodule is discovered,” said Mary Adams, the KDMC lung health nurse navigator. “If a nodule is growing and is cancerous, it can be treated immediately in the earliest stages when outcomes are best. If it is benign, the patient is informed and spared needless worry.”

Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnosis because symptoms can be mistaken for other conditions. Symptoms can include fatigue, weakness and shortness of breath with or without exertion. The Center for Pulmonary Health provides evaluation, diagnosis, education and treatment of this complicated disease. Pulmonary hypertension patients must be referred by their physician.

Pulmonary function tests are performed with a physician order for the purpose of:

  • Diagnosing certain types of lung disease (especially asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema)
  • Finding the cause of shortness of breath
  • Measuring whether exposure to contaminants affects lung function

Pulmonary function tests also can be performed to evaluate the effectiveness of medication and measure progress of treatment.

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