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A pulmonologist, also called Respiratory doctor, chest physician and, lung physician, deals with the treatment of pulmonary (lung) conditions and respiratory diseases. These conditions include emphysema, asthma, and lung cancer. Pulmonologists also undertake the treatment of symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which is a chronic disease that makes breathing difficult. COPD is in fact not one single disease but an umbrella term used to define chronic lung diseases that cause limitations in lung airflow. COPD diagnosis also includes terms such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The most common symptoms of COPD are breathlessness, chronic cough and excessive sputum production.
Patients diagnosed with chronic conditions, asthma and COPD require continuous visits to a pulmonologist. You can also consult a pulmonologist for queries on lung cancer symptoms or even lung infection.
Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare disease making it extremely important to seek care at a center that specializes in pulmonary hypertension. Generally, pulmonary physicians (pulmonologists) and cardiologists treat pulmonary hypertension.
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