The heart and lungs are intricately entwined. Often conditions that impact one also affect the other. The Guthrie Cardiopulmonary Clinic treats patients who have been diagnosed with conditions that affect both the heart and the lungs, such as:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Congestive heart failure
- Sleep apnea, obstructive or central
- Pulmonary hypertension
Patients will be recommended for the cardiopulmonary clinic by their cardiologist or pulmonologist. A panel of physicians reviews each case to determine if the cardiopulmonary clinic is the appropriate treatment option.
Our cardiopulmonary team will diagnose your conditions and collaborate with you on the best course of treatment. Depending on your diagnosis, treatment might include lifestyle changes, medication, implantable devices or more advanced treatments.
How do you know if you are suffering from a cardiopulmonary disease?
Signs of cardiopulmonary disease vary widely. Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Bluish skin on the hands or feet
- Chest pain that may radiate to the arms or jaw, especially during or after physical activity
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- High blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden sweating
You may also benefit from the Cardiopulmonary Clinic if you’ve experienced a recent heart attack or had heart surgery.
We may be able to reduce symptoms, halt or slow the progression of your condition and improve your quality of life.
If you feel like you could benefit from the Cardiopulmonary Clinic, ask your cardiologist or pulmonologist for a referral.