Everyone has experienced a poor night of sleep every once in a while, but there are many people who suffer from consistent sleep deprivation due to their inability to get a good night’s rest on any given night. Here’s a look at some of the most common sleep disorders:
Pulmonary critical care, or critical care medicine, is a specialized field of emergency medicine that focuses on patients suffering from injuries and diseases of the respiratory or pulmonary system, which includes the lungs, trachea, diaphragm, and related structures. Critical care pulmonologists are specifically trained to provide life-saving care for patients who are experiencing respiratory issues, such as multi-system failure and other life-threatening situations.
Being aware of your asthma triggers is an important part of assuring yourself a great summer. These could be general asthma triggers, personal asthma triggers, or the asthma triggers that live in your surroundings and bother your symptoms in a small-scale but daily way. Here are 4 of the main summertime asthma triggers that could affect you or your family.
If it's your first visit to a pulmonologist, you should prepare yourself for the appointment following this checklist. To begin, please print and fill out the New Patient Form prior to your first appointment
Thanks to health codes, regulations, and increased medical knowledge, many avoidable cases of asbestosis are prevented but there are still certain professions where asbestos exposure is a potential concern, primarily for demolition workers, firefighters, automobile workers, drywall removers, and asbestos removers.
Air travel is stressful at the best of times, but it can be nearly impossible for patients with pulmonary hypertension since traveling at high altitudes can cause a decrease in oxygen level in the blood. For some patients, air travel may be out of the question altogether, but this is not always the case.
You may have heard the acronym COPD tossed around without truly knowing what this disease, or rather group of diseases entails. Millions of Americans are affected by COPD, and many of them are not even aware that they have it. If you or someone you know have been diagnosed with COPD, or think you may be suffering from COPD, here is everything you need to know about the condition.
There is actually a big difference between nightmares and night terrors, and it’s easy to tell them apart once you know the symptoms of each, which we will discuss. In addition, we’ve also listed out some tips to help you determine when you should seek medical care for your night terrors.
For many patients with pulmonary hypertension, exercising seems out of the question, but recent studies have shown that not all exercises are as impossible as they may seem for those who want to try them out. According to a recent study, a yoga regimen can be helpful in reducing stress and depression, and improving breathing function.
Our circadian rhythm is also responsible for how awake we feel during the day. This regulatory time clock can sometimes become confused or shift away from the preferred sleep/wake cycle. When this happens, we call the condition a circadian rhythm disorder.
Sleep apnea is a much more serious condition than many realize and can slowly deteriorate a person’s health, eventually causing a complication. One of the biggest dangers of sleep apnea is how it can significantly increase a person’s risk of having a stroke. Here’s everything you need to know about sleep apnea and sleep apnea stroke related incidence.
When traveling to a new time zone, our circadian rhythms are slow to adjust. If you are wondering how to get over jet lag when traveling to new time zones, here are some of the adjustments that you can make to help minimize the symptoms of jet lag.
Generally, sleep talking is considered harmless. Despite this, there are some cases of sleep talking in which medical attention may be advisable.
Typically, there are two types of cough: a chronic cough and an acute cough. These two types of cough can indicate very different things, so we wanted to take the time to dive a little into the difference between the two, and explain the easy way in which you can tell the two apart.
While the infection is common and treatable, pneumonia can be really bad news for people with weakened immune systems, children, and people over the age of 65. These at-risk groups are usually encouraged to practice strict hygiene codes, or get a flu shot which can prevent pneumonia. Here are 5 pneumonia facts you probably didn’t know about.
The medical world has recognized five different classifications of pulmonary hypertension which, we’re sure, makes the diagnosis pretty confusing for patients. That’s why we've prepared this list to help educate patients on what makes each group different, from both a diagnosis and treatment perspective.
Getting a cystic fibrosis diagnosis early in life can really improve a person’s quality of life, as well as their life expectancy. But, how does cystic fibrosis testing work? At the Pulmonary Associates of Tampa Bay, our pulmonary specialists rely on 6 different diagnostic tests for cystic fibrosis. Read more to find discover how we get a cystic fibrosis diagnosis.
Traveling is probably one of life’s most enjoyable pastimes and it’s something that most of us look forward to every year. Whether its a short day trip, a weekend getaway, or a month-long getaway, there’s just something about visiting a new location (or rediscovering an old one) that improves our overall sense of happiness and fulfillment.
Unfortunately, for people who suffer from pulmonary conditions, traveling can be just a tad bit more challenging. If you have a lung condition, the air quality of the location to which you are traveling is a big deal and it can mean the difference between total enjoyment, and absolute hell.
That is why we’ve put together a short travel guide of U.S. cities with best air quality. The up-to-date list accounts for ozone pollution, year-round particle pollution, and short-term particle pollution. In no particular order, here are the 6 cities with best air quality in the U.S.
1. Bellingham, WA.
Bellingham air quality is definitely among the best in the country. The coastal city is in Washington state near the Canadian border, and despite how cold and perhaps uninviting that sounds, it’s actually very comfortable in the summer! The city is big on outdoor activities so your lungs will definitely thank you. If you go, you can check out Mount Baker for some ski runs, or go hiking at Whatcom Falls Park or Sehome Hill Arboretum.
2. Burlington, VT.
Burlington is a city in northwestern Vermont, on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain. The lake is a great destination for getting some fresh air as you go sailing, fishing, cycling, or lighthouse-sighting. The city also boasts Mount Mansfield where you can go mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, and plenty else!
3. Casper, WY.
This city in central Wyoming is a great spot for history lovers and outdoor-seekers alike. Some of its museums include the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center which features the life of pioneers, the Nicolaysen Art Museum which features contemporary art, the Tate Geological Museum, and Fort Casper, a reconstructed 1865 military post. For outdoors activities, Casper Mountain offers waterfalls and ski slopes.
4. Honolulu, HI.
The beautiful island capital is quite popular but manages to maintain great air quality for all who live and visit there. If you plan on visiting Honolulu, be sure to enjoy it from the beach. We’re talking snorkeling, scuba diving, or simply relaxing by the shore.
5. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL.
If you’re looking to stay local but still enjoy a great getaway with good, fresh air quality all you have to do is cross over to the other coast and visit Brevard county’s three cities: Palm Bay, Melbourne, and Titusville. Once there you can pay a visit to the Kennedy Space Center, the Canaveral National Seashore or the Indian River.
6. Wilmington, NC.
Wilmington is a port city in North Carolina, where it enjoys close access to beaches and a long Riverwalk within the city’s Historic District. As for tourist-y things, you should be sure to check out their Airlie Gardens, a private garden turned public, and the USS North Carolina, a WWII battleship exhibit.
As you can tell, there’s plenty of spots for you to vacation and things to do at these 6 cities with best air quality. The best part? You won't put your lung condition on edge! Whether air quality affects your symptoms of asthma or you simply want to make sure that your destination has few sources of air pollution, make sure you visit the cleanest cities in the U.S.
Springtime gardening can provoke a lot of unwanted symptoms of asthma and may even trigger an asthma attack. If you suffer from asthma but want to enjoy gardening, there are ways you can take to avoid running into any of your asthma triggers. Don’t let asthma stop you from enjoying the great outdoors — or even just your backyard. Here are 5 tips for eliminating asthma triggers when gardening.
If you’re struggling with your sleep, why not take some time to celebrate National Better Sleep Month this May, by following a few simple tips that we think should help you snooze better? There’s no better time! Here are 5 sleep hygiene tips on how to fall asleep and stay asleep.