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Cardiopulmonary care

The heart and lungs are closely related, and an issue in one can affect the other. Also called cardiopulmonary diseases, we manage these disorders through treatments, such as medication, lung therapy, surgery and rehabilitative services.

Cardiopulmonary care and rehabilitation specialists in Florida

Chronic coughing, wheezing or overall discomfort of any kind in your heart, lungs or chest are serious medical issues.

HCA Florida Healthcare's heart and lung specialists can help. Our experienced and highly trained cardiopulmonary doctors will listen to your symptoms, examine your medical history and develop a real understanding of your condition. Additionally, they have full access to our broad network of hospitals and heart and lung centers across Florida. They will be able to work together with specialists in other fields to identify any other related issues that may be contributing to your condition.

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Understanding your heart health is critical to getting the care you need. We offer a health risk assessment to help get you started.

Conditions We Treat

You may need cardiopulmonary care if you have certain conditions or have undergone certain procedures, including: 

  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Emphysema
  • Heart failure
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Stable angina
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Various types of heart surgery, such as balloon angioplasty, bypass surgery or valve replacement
  • Other heart or lung diseases, especially those that cause breathing difficulties

Our Treatments & Services

Your heart and lungs work closely together to help your body function, so caring for them often requires both cardiac care and lung services. That's why we provide these types of services separately but also offer cardiopulmonary programs designed specifically to diagnose and treat conditions that impact both the heart and lungs.

Symptoms of cardiopulmonary conditions

Cardiopulmonary diseases can easily go unnoticed, so we encourage you to speak to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating

Our specialists will be able to investigate these symptoms and determine if you have COPD or something else. Regardless of your diagnosis, they will work closely together and in connection with other providers across our network of hospitals to help improve your quality of life.

Diagnosing cardiopulmonary conditions

When you have a potential cardiopulmonary condition, we will quickly and effectively begin the diagnostic process. You may undergo typical cardiac diagnostics, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), or lung diagnostics, such as pulmonary function testing.

Some of the other diagnostic tests and exams we may use to diagnose cardiopulmonary conditions include:

  • Arterial blood gases — a blood draw from your wrist that measures the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your blood
  • Bronchoscopy — a fiber-optic scope is inserted in the lungs to allow physicians to view the internal condition of the lungs
  • Chest X-rays — imaging to view the inflation size of your lungs
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scans — imaging to view your lungs in more detail than what you can see in a chest X-ray
  • Pulmonary function tests (PFT) — spirometry that measures the amount of air coming in and going out of your lungs
  • Pulse oximetry — a tool (typically a tiny device that holds the end of your finger) and measures the oxygen in your blood

You may also need to have more in-depth tests, such as transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms, to help our specialists make an accurate diagnosis. Whatever you need, we will work closely with you to help get you diagnosed as quickly as possible.

Treatments for cardiopulmonary conditions

The treatment plan we develop for you will depend on your unique medical history and condition. We'll tailor it carefully around your needs and include access to education services about diet, exercise and smoking cessation options.

When needed, we also offer:

  • Extracorporeal CO2 removal (for chronic COPD)
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Medicated breathing treatments
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Support groups for those with breathing difficulties

Cardiopulmonary care for COPD

COPD is a permanent cardiopulmonary condition which most often causes trouble breathing because it causes the airways to become blocked. Early warning signs of COPD include a chronic cough (especially which produces some amount of mucus) and intermittent shortness of breath.

Diagnosing COPD

It's important to know that COPD is not curable, but it is treatable—especially when diagnosed quickly, before the disease progresses. It's also a dangerous disease because it can lead to more serious medical conditions, such as heart disease or lung cancer. To help head off these types of complications, we use innovative diagnostic and imaging tools to diagnose COPD as early on in the disease as possible.

Treating COPD

Treating COPD involves managing symptoms and slowing the damage the disease causes to the lungs. Typical treatments we offer include medications and oxygen therapies. We also offer a more specialized minimally invasive option to treat COPD: extracorporeal carbon dioxide (CO2) removal. This treatment is particularly useful to patients with chronic COPD.

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