Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Services
Pulmonary medicine is the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the respiratory system.
PAMF's Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Department evaluates a broad spectrum of chest diseases, with the most common problems being asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), abnormal chest X-rays, shortness of breath and chronic cough.
What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) makes it hard for you to breathe. Coughing up mucus is often the first sign of COPD. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are common COPDs. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Quitting smoking is the best way to avoid developing COPD. Treatment can make you more comfortable, but there is no cure.