Pulmonology is a subspecialty of internal medicine that specializes in diagnosing and treating lung diseases and conditions, as well as chest infections and breathing problems.
Our lungs help us breathe and exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide so that our body can properly function. Illness or disease in the airways, lung tissue or cardiovascular system, or from neurological or muscular conditions, limit the amount of air that reaches the lungs.
Pulmonologists on Baylor University Medical Center's medical staff offer advanced diagnostic and treatment options and often partner with other medical specialties—such as cardiology, neurology, oncology, surgery and transplantation—to manage and treat acute and chronic respiratory and pulmonary disorders.
Baylor University Medical Center is the top-ranked hospital in North Texas in pulmonology and continues to be ranked as one of America’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
Health problems treated by a pulmonologist.
Advanced Heart and Lung Disease Center
Comprehensive, Multispecialty Care in One Location
The Advanced Heart and Lung Disease Center at Baylor University Medical Center offers comprehensive care for patients who need outpatient evaluation, diagnostic imaging services, educational consultation and diagnosis and treatment of complex and/or chronic conditions of the heart and lungs – all in one convenient location.
Patients treated at the center include those with:
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Coronary artery disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Interstitial lung disease
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Heart and lung transplant evaluations
- Mechanical circulatory support.
Because the complexity of care for advanced heart and lung disease patients can be time consuming, the Advanced Heart and Lung Disease Center provides all diagnostic and therapeutic options under one umbrella, making the process more efficient for patients and families.
Advanced Heart Failure
The Center's Advanced Heart Failure Program specializes in providing both current and experimental treatment options for patients with heart failure who need help managing their condition on a daily basis. The goal is to improve the quality of life for patients facing the challenges of heart failure, manage co-morbidities that impact symptoms, as well as reduce hospital readmissions.
For those with advanced heart failure who qualify, the Advanced Heart and Lung Disease Center offers innovative destination treatment, including a ventricular assist device program and heart transplantation.
Advanced Lung Disease
The Center's pulmonology team offers innovative therapies for patients with complex lung diseases and participates in clinical trials for new therapies to treat emphysema, interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension.
Among the advanced treatments and clinical research available are:
- Clinical trials in the treatment of usual interstitial pneumonia (pulmonary fibrosis)
- Minimally invasive lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) for emphysema
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for severe respiratory failure and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
The sophisticated diagnostic tools the Center uses include the full range of radiologic testing, as well as inhalation challenges for airway diseases, exercise testing to determine the etiology of dyspnea, standard body plethysmography, diffusion testing and nasolaryngoscopy. In addition, pulmonary rehabilitation, which has been shown to improve quality of life and decrease hospitalizations in patients with COPD, is an essential component of this program.
Part of the Center is the Martha Foster Lung Care Program, which offers:
- Testing to confirm the diagnosis and assess the severity of the disease
- Development of an environmental control strategy based on a patient’s "triggers"
- Patient and family asthma education based on individual patient needs
- Research and staff education
- Adult asthma programs
- Rules of Two® to help patients determine if they need more powerful asthma medication
Our pulmonary rehabilitation programs are dedicated to helping patients with COPD manage their disease and return to a more active and productive lifestyle. The program includes:
- Coping/stress management
- Home exercise programs
- Lung medication
- Infection control
- Breathing techniques
- Energy conservation
- Oxygen and equipment
At the Advanced Heart and Lung Disease Center we offer cystic fibrosis patients access to the latest therapeutic techniques to control symptoms and improve quality of life. Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat, saliva and digestive juices. Our staff will diagnose the disease and help reduce symptoms such as lung infections and digestion problems.
The treatment for pulmonary hypertension is often complex. Because pulmonary hypertension can be the result of heart, lung, rheumatologic and other conditions, our program’s team is specialized to help improve your condition:
- Nurse clinicians
- Registered dietitians