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Novant Health Pulmonary & Critical Care – Matthews offers specialized care for chronic lung conditions, as well as urgent illnesses affecting lung function. Our providers understand the impact pulmonary conditions can have on your life. We work to quickly assess your breathing problems and provide an accurate diagnosis, so the best treatment or management plan for you can begin without delay.

Our providers see patients in inpatient and outpatient settings. Should you receive care for a breathing issue at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, you will be under the care of a provider from our team. After your discharge, you can continue to see a provider in our clinic, so that we can provide you with the continuity of care you deserve.

Conditions we regularly treat and manage include:

  • Asthma (a respiratory condition that makes breathing difficult)
  • Bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchial tubes that often causes coughing)
  • Emphysema (a condition where damaged air sacs in the lungs cause breathlessness)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a condition in which constricted airways regularly cause difficulty or discomfort when breathing)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (a lung disease caused by damaged or scarred lung tissue)
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS; a condition in which fluid leaks into the lungs, making breathing difficult)
  • Cystic fibrosis (a hereditary disease in which the body produces mucus that can clog the lungs)
  • Sleep apnea (interruptions in breathing during sleep)

 

Services we offer include:

  • Care before and after lung transplants
  • Pulmonary function testing (to evaluate lung function; often used to assess the impact of diseases or the effects of environmental exposures, and can be required before surgery or starting some types of employment)
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation (a combination of education and exercises to help patients with chronic lung disease improve lung function)
  • Interventional bronchoscopy (minimally invasive procedures aimed at improving lung function)
  • Sleep medicine (the evaluation and management of breathing problems, including snoring and sleep apnea, during sleep)
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) prescriptions and management
  • Airway management (a medical procedure done to prevent or lessen airway obstruction)
  • Smoking (tobacco) cessation counseling and resources