COVID-19 and Vaccine Information
Masks are still required in healthcare settings per CDC and state health department guidelines.
You should never ignore symptoms like wheezing, chest pain or a long-lasting cough. They may be signs you need to seek care for a respiratory (breathing) disease.
Many respiratory disorders get worse over time. The earlier you’re diagnosed, the sooner you can get treatments to help you breathe easier.
Pulmonologists are doctors who specialize in the respiratory system. They care for problems with the trachea (windpipe), lungs and the airways inside the lungs. Some pulmonologists at PeaceHealth also treat sleep disorders, critical illnesses or injuries.
If you have asthma or COPD, you’ll find expert care — including minimally invasive treatments — at PeaceHealth.
PeaceHealth aims to help you breathe and live better.
Breathing problems can affect everything from sleep to stamina. An expert team is at your service to provide heart and vascular care [link to Heart and Vascular landing page], pulmonary rehabilitation, sleep medicine [link to Sleep Medicine page] and thoracic surgery.
It can feel overwhelming learning to manage your condition. That’s why a nurse is available to meet with you after every appointment to answer your questions about medicines or test results or show you how to use your inhaler or home oxygen supplies.
Some of our pulmonologists perform endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), a minimally invasive procedure that can biopsy, diagnose and stage lung cancer in a single procedure.
PeaceHealth offers robotic surgery to treat lung cancer. Using a procedure called lobectomy, surgeons at PeaceHealth remove only the cancerous lobe of the lung — not the entire lung. This may result in fewer scars, less pain and faster recovery after surgery.
Asthma causes the airways in your lungs to swell or narrow, which makes it hard to breathe. Dust, pollen or smoke can trigger symptoms.
COPD is a chronic condition that makes it hard to breathe. It occurs in people who have lung damage.
This group of respiratory conditions causes scar tissue to build up in the lungs and can keep oxygen from passing from the lungs into the bloodstream.
This cancer begins in a lung. The two main types are non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer.
The pleura is a piece of tissue that surrounds the lungs and the lining inside the chest cavity. When certain health conditions such as a viral infection or congestive heart failure affect the pleura, they may cause lung diseases such as pleural effusion and pleurisy.
Pulmonary fibrosis causes thick, stiff tissue to build up around the alveoli (air sacs) inside the lungs. This makes it hard for oxygen to pass through the lungs into the bloodstream.
This type of high blood pressure harms the pulmonary arteries (blood vessels in the lungs). It forces the heart to work harder to pump blood through the lungs.
This condition occurs when the body has too little oxygen or too much carbon dioxide. A symptom of low oxygen is shortness of breath. Extra carbon dioxide can cause rapid breathing or confusion.
This inflammatory disease causes clumps of abnormal tissue to grow in certain organs, including the lungs, lymph nodes or skin.
Your nose and throat can affect your sleep and disturb those who are sleeping around you. Snoring is caused when your airway is partly blocked. Sleep apnea, a potentially serious condition, causes you to stop breathing while sleeping. Young children and teens can experience sleep problems which can often be treated by a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy.