Freedom From Smoking Program

This evidence-based tobacco cessation program, trademarked by the American Lung Association is a life-changing 7-week course to STOP TOBACCO USE!

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Quitting Smoking Tips

There are many ways to quit smoking. There are also resources to help you. Family members, friends, and co-workers may be supportive. But to be successful, you must really want to quit.

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Pulmonology Care

Breathe easier with help from Owensboro Health’s Pulmonology Services, also called Respiratory or Lung Care. You’ll benefit from board-certified Pulmonologists who are specially trained to care for even the most complex lung conditions.

Pulmonology Conditions We Treat

Get care at Owensboro Health for almost any respiratory issue, including:

Diagnosing Pulmonology Conditions

To detect, diagnose or assess lung conditions, your doctor may recommend a procedure such as:

  • Bronchoscopy – Passes a thin tube through your mouth or nose and into your lungs to view your airways
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) – Provides images of your airways to let your doctor take tissue samples from your lungs and lymph nodes without making incisions in your skin
  • Navigational Bronchoscopy – Uses pictures of your lungs’ airways to map a route to hard-to-reach lesions, so a doctor can access and treat them more quickly and are less invasive
  • Lung Cancer Screening – Employs a Low-Dose CT scan that’s recommended for certain current and former smokers
  • Pulmonary Function Tests – Determine how well your lungs work
  • Right Heart Catheterization – Measures blood pressure in the Pulmonary Artery and can diagnose Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Sleep Study – For more information on tests for Sleep Apnea call 855-417-8555

Pulmonary Treatments & Services

Take advantage of a broad range of lung treatments and services, including:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) – Keeps your windpipe open during sleep to prevent sleep apnea
  • Lung Rehabilitation – Helps you improve lung function
  • Medications – Treat Pulmonary Hypertension and other conditions
  • PleurX® Catheter Placement – Allows you to drain recurring fluid buildup (pleural effusion)
  • Pulmonary Pals Support Group – Offers healthy activities and provides information about respiratory conditions
  • Smoking Cessation Resources – Include counseling, a support group and education
  • Thoracentesis – Removes fluid from the space between your chest wall and lungs to make breathing easier
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) – Uses a minimally invasive technique to repair or remove damaged lung tissue

When To Contact A Medical Professional

Go to the Emergency Room or call 911 if:

  • Breathing difficulty comes on suddenly or seriously interferes with your breathing
  • Someone completely stops breathing

See your healthcare provider if any of the following occur with breathing difficulties:

  • Chest discomfort, pain, or pressure - these are symptoms of angina
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath after only slight activity or while at rest
  • Shortness of breath that wakes you up at night or requires you to sleep propped up to breathe
  • Tightness in the throat or a barking, croupy cough
  • You have breathed in or choked on an object (foreign object aspiration or ingestion)
  • Wheezing

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