Respiratory illnesses are some of the most common medical conditions in the world. In the United States alone, there are currently millions of people suffering from various forms of lung disease. The largest contributor to lung disease is cigarette smoking, followed by inherited gene traits and infectious viruses.
If you are having difficulty breathing, or if you have been diagnosed with a pulmonary disease, Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine is here to serve you. For over 20 years, we have provided first-class pulmonary disease treatment and testing in Franklin Township and throughout Somerset County, New Jersey. Whether you have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, asthma, bronchitis, or COPD, we have an effective treatment program that will help improve the quality of your life.
Specializing in the Treatment of Various Pulmonary Diseases
Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine is staffed by board-certified doctors with decades of experience treating patients with respiratory illnesses. With state-of-the-art testing facilities and a proven track record caring for patients with breathing issues, we can help you or a loved one if you’re suffering from any of the following respiratory conditions:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): COPD is a group of lung diseases that make it harder to breathe over time. If you have COPD, less air flows in and out of your lungs with each breath, making it difficult to maintain adequate blood oxygen levels.
- Chronic bronchitis: Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD that varies in severity from person to person. It is characterized by swelling of the bronchial tubes, which makes it more difficult to get oxygen into your lungs.
- Asthma: Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways. The condition causes your airways to become extremely sensitive and react strongly to common irritants. Things that you are allergic to can cause the airways to swell and make it hard to breathe.
- Emphysema: Emphysema is a type of COPD resulting from having damaged air sacs in your lungs, which makes it difficult to get enough oxygen into the blood. The most common cause of this disease is long term exposure to irritants such as cigarette smoke.
- Lung cancer: Lung cancer usually forms in the air passages of the lungs and is the most deadly form of cancer for both men and women in the U.S. Many times, patients are unaware that they have lung cancer, and it is found during a chest x-ray for another symptom.
- Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH): This results from high blood pressure in the arteries to your lungs. This means your heart has to work harder to do its job, and over time this can lead to heart failure. There is currently no cure for PH, but there are many ways to control the symptoms.
- Tuberculosis: Tuberculosis is a disease caused by bacteria that attack the lungs. The most common symptom of tuberculosis is coughing up blood. The disease is contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is a common disorder where breathing stops and starts throughout the night. Patients with sleep apnea usually feel highly fatigued throughout the day and often face an increased risk of other health problems.
- Sarcoidosis: Sarcoidosis is a rare disease, with fewer than 200,000 cases in the U.S. each year. This condition is characterized by an inflammatory reaction by the immune system, which causes clusters of inflamed tissues to form throughout the body. Sarcoidosis most commonly appears in the lungs.
- Occupational lung diseases: Repeated and long-term exposure to harmful irritants can lead to serious lung issues that often last a lifetime. Individuals who work in jobs where they are routinely exposed to harmful chemicals, fibers, or dust face an increased risk of developing one or more occupational lung diseases.
- Pulmonary fibrosis: Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition where the tissue of the lung becomes scarred and damaged. Over time, the scarring of the tissue makes it difficult for the lungs to function properly, which results in gradually increasing shortness of breath.
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Because most breathing issues get worse over time, you cannot afford to put off receiving the pulmonary disease treatment you need. For over 20 years, Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine has made it possible for residents of Franklin Township and Somerset County, NJ, to breathe easier. If you are wondering when to see a pulmonary doctor, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact us today.