What is pulmonary medicine?
Pulmonary medicine deals with many diseases and conditions, including: ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, lung transplants, occupational lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary, tuberculosis, sarcoidosis of the lungs, and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Pulmonary medicine is also sometimes called pulmonology which is the science concerned with the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the lungs.
What is COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.
Many people mistake their increased breathlessness and coughing as a normal part of aging. In the early stages of the disease, you may not notice the symptoms. COPD can develop for years without noticeable shortness of breath. You begin to see the symptoms in the more developed stages of the disease. That’s why it is important that you talk to your doctor as soon as you notice any of these symptoms. Ask your doctor about taking a spirometry test.
What insurances do you accept?
Coastal Pulmonary accepts most major health insurances, for example: Medicare, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Tricare, and most United Health Care plans. Please call our office to ask if you have any questions.
Are we able to assistance patients who do not speak English?
Yes, we have multiple physicians who speak Spanish as well as other languages.
What is the parking situation like? Is there a parking garage?
We have plenty of parking at our facility that is close to the front door. No parking attendants or parking garage necessary.
What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
We ask that all patients bring their insurance cards and Photo ID to every appointment. Also, a complete list of medications that your are CURRENTLY taking. Any recent lab work, X-rays or CT Imaging is always helpful.
Where are you located?
. Our address is 2639 Dr. martin Luther King Jr. Street North, near downtown St. Petersburg. for more detailed directions, please review our map located on the contact page.