“Dum spiro – spero!” / “While I breathe, I hope” – says a motto attributed to Cicero. Problems with breathing, and other respiratory system pathology, are the most frequently encountered complaints in modern medicine. In fact, 1 in 10 deaths in Europe is attributed to lung diseases (with smoking being the top culprit in the development of most lung diseases).
Both children and adults encounter some form of respiratory problems at least several times during lifetime, many – with seasonal frequency.
Pulmonology specialists at Boston Clinic provide a full range of outpatient care related to respiratory system complaints and diseases, including:
- Inflammatory conditions – laryngitis, bronchitis, comunity-acquired pneumonias. Especially with advancing age and certain medical conditions – and more frequently than commonly appreciated – pneumonias and sudden changes in breathing could be a sign of Pulmonary Embolism (PE) and require a prompt and extensive work-up and treatment to avoid dangerous and possibly fatal consequences of PE;
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – a spectrum of chronic pathologic conditions of respiratory system characterised by various degrees of inflammation and emphysema, manifesting with shortness of breath; and with time progressing to significant limitations of daily activities and respiratory insufficiency. COPD is 4th leading cause of death in the United States, diagnosed in more than 12 million patients, and results in annual loss in excess of USD 40 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity;
- Asthma – a dangerous episodic difficulty of breathing due to narrowing of airways and inflammation in the bronchial tree. Asthma has essentially become an epidemic in the developed world, affecting 1 of 13 adults and 1 of 8 children in Great Britain. Pulmonologists at Boston Clinic work in close cooperation with pediatricians to ensure that all our little patients with asthma are managed according to state-of-the-art international standards of care.
We invite you to discuss with us any questions and we will be happy to provide additional information regarding our services.