Diagnosis and Treatment of Lung and Chest Conditions

Pulmonologists are specialists in conditions that affect the lungs and chest known as pulmonary diseases. These conditions can make it harder to breathe and/or cause pain in the chest.

Find a location for Pulmonology

Male doctor looking at x-rays.Some common conditions treated by pulmonologists include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic cough
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Pleurisy
  • Blood vessel disorders in the lungs
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

MarinHealth pulmonologists are skilled specialists in the treatment of pulmonary diseases. Our team will work closely with you and your family to develop an appropriate treatment plan designed to improve quality of life and help you breathe easy again.

State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Procedures

Chest pains can be caused by many different types of medical conditions. Determining if the heart or lungs cause the pain is one of the first steps in the diagnostic process. Generally speaking, if physical activity helps relieve the pain, the problem is usually related to the lungs. If physical activity makes the pain worse, there’s a good chance the problem is heart-related.

Diagnostic Tests for Chest Pain and Breathing Problems

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Chest X-rays
  • CT Scans
  • Thoracentesis
  • Pleural biopsy