Remarkable respiratory care that helps you breathe easier
If you are one of the more than 25 million Americans who live with a chronic respiratory condition or pulmonary disease that makes it difficult to breathe, you know how hard even the simplest activities can be. Novant Health's pulmonary specialists are committed to helping you feel better at all stages of your healing journey. We offer advanced, comprehensive respiratory services — from diagnosis, treatment, respiratory therapy and rehabilitation to patient education — designed to help you thrive.
Conditions We Treat
What Does a Pulmonary Specialist Do?
Your care experts for lung and breathing problems
Your respiratory system includes organs like your lungs, windpipe (trachea), voice box (larynx), and diaphragm. Damage to or illness in these organs or their related muscles can make it difficult for you to breathe normally.
When you need surgery or a hospital stay, you’ll likely encounter a pulmonary specialist at some point. Whether your respiratory care involves pulmonary rehabilitation for an ongoing breathing problem or pulmonary critical care as part of a hospital visit, you’ll be in excellent, compassionate hands at Novant Health. Our diverse team of skilled pulmonary and lung specialists includes providers like pulmonologists (pulmonary doctors), respiratory therapists, and pulmonary consultants. They work together to set the right care plan for you, which may include rehabilitation therapy or a prescription like COPD medication. Each provider plays a specialized, essential role in helping you breathe stronger and healthier.
When Should You See a Pulmonologist?
If you have the following unusual or worrisome symptoms or conditions, talk to your primary care provider as soon as possible. They may refer you to a pulmonologist.
- Persistent cough that isn’t getting better
- Regularly coughing up blood or mucus
- Asthma/difficulty breathing
- Easily out of breath from mild physical activity or daily routines
- Long-term smoker
- Unexpected weight loss
Get Started with Respiratory Care.
To get started with advanced respiratory care, make an appointment with your primary care provider. Clearly describe the symptoms you’re experiencing. Your provider may give you a referral for pulmonary rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, or a pulmonologist if needed.
Specific conditions treated can vary by location. Your provider can help you schedule at the right respiratory care location for you.
You can make an appointment in MyChart, Novant Health's secure, convenient online healthcare management tool. With MyChart, you can schedule appointments, view test results, refill prescriptions, and even have virtual visits with your providers right from your computer or smartphone.