Respiratory disease affects the lungs and other parts of the cardio-pulmonary system. Causes of it vary, from genetics, low immune functioning and infection to air pollution and excessive exposure to smoke and other toxic materials.
Summa Health respiratory therapists (RTs) work alongside our pulmonologists to test and treat these issues. As licensed critical care professionals, RTs specialize in mechanical ventilation and airway management, as well as cardiopulmonary diagnostics, interventions, and disease management. They also administer various aerosolized medication and medical gases.
The most common respiratory diseases seen by Summa Health pulmonologists and RTs are asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension and respiratory failure.
One of the most common chronic respiratory conditions, asthma causes difficulty breathing due to inflammation and constriction of the airways.
Generally associated with cigarette smoking, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive inflammatory lung disease.
Pulmonary hypertension happens when the pressure in the blood vessels leading from the heart to the lungs is too high.
Respiratory failure is the inability of the respiratory system to adequately supply fresh oxygen or remove carbon dioxide.