Live better with chronic respiratory conditions
When you have a chronic respiratory illness, everyday tasks can leave you exhausted and short of breath. Activities like exercising or climbing stairs can be even more challenging.
That’s where the Main Line Health Pulmonary Diagnostic and Wellness Centers can help. We diagnose and help manage conditions like:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Sleep disorders
Using our advanced diagnostic testing, treatments and therapeutic rehabilitation services, our team works with you to get you back in action.
First things first: diagnostic testing
The first step to treating any pulmonary illness is to get a clear diagnosis using a variety of tests, which can include:
- Spirometry – measures how much air you inhale, how much air you exhale and how quickly you can exhale by having you blow into a tube.
- Spirometry reversibility testing – uses information from your spirometry test results to calculate how effective treatment for your illness might be.
- Lung volume testing – measures your lung capacity and how much air you breathe in and out in your normal breathing cycle. You may be asked to breathe into a special air tank through a mask or stand inside of an airtight stall.
- Lung diffusion testing – measures how well your lungs can exchange gases.
- Maximum voluntary ventilation – measures how much air you breathe in and out during a one-minute test.
- Maximum inspiratory and expiratory pressure – checks the strength of the muscles that help you breathe.
- Bronchial provocation testing – irritates your airways to check for asthma.
- Arterial blood gas analysis – measures your blood chemistry, which can change based on how much air you breathe.
- Fiberoptic bronchoscopy – inserts a thin scope into your airways to look for any problems, take samples and remove foreign objects, if needed.
Not every test involves sitting still—for some, like a physical performance walk test or cardiopulmonary stress test, you’ll walk or run on a treadmill while our team measures how your lungs handle the increased physical activity.
If you have a lung disease and you’re planning to travel soon, talk to our team about high altitude simulation testing to make sure you’re prepared to travel safely.
Building a treatment plan that works for you
Once a diagnosis is confirmed, the next step is to build a treatment plan. Therapies include:
- Inspiratory muscle training to strengthen the muscles that help you breathe
- Positive expiratory pressure (PEP) to help push mucus out of your lungs
In some cases, your doctor may recommend transtracheal oxygen therapy. During this therapy, thin tube called a catheter connects supplemental oxygen directly to your windpipe.
Lead an active and independent life despite lung disease
If you have a chronic lung disease, our pulmonary rehabilitation program could be a great fit. Exercise therapy, education and emotional support are provided to help you live better with a chronic respiratory illness.