If you have a hard time breathing comfortably, find relief with UNC Health Johnston. Through our pulmonary tests, you’ll learn more about your respiratory condition and how to start treatment.
Symptoms of Breathing Issues
You may have a lung illness, inflammation, or infection if you’re experiencing:
- Chest pain
- Cough that does not get better
- Cough with blood, mucus, or discharge
- Noisy breathing or wheezing
- Shortness of breath with or without exercise
Get access to comprehensive pulmonary tests:
After you’re tested for lung or breathing issues, your doctor will follow up with you about next steps. If necessary, you’ll receive a referral to a pulmonologist—a lung doctor—for treatment.
Lung Cancer Screening
If you smoke or used to smoke, you may qualify for a lung cancer screening. This test can catch cancer early, when treatment works best.
Respiratory therapy helps improve your breathing while you’re in the hospital to help you stay healthy and heal faster. Respiratory therapists often use:
- Chest physiotherapy, or removal of mucus from your lungs and throat
- Intubation, which places a tube in your windpipe to keep your airway open
- Nebulizers, devices that provide medication in a mist that you breathe into your lungs
- Pulse oximetry, a noninvasive way to monitor your oxygen levels and breathing
Your respiratory therapist works closely with your doctor and other care team members to find the treatment that best meets your needs. The therapist will also teach you how to manage your condition at home, such as by using an inhaler or quitting smoking.
If you have emphysema, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, your doctor may recommend cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. This program includes two classes a week that focus on exercise and education to reduce symptoms of lung disease.
If you’re looking for a way to kick the smoking habit, turn to local and national smoking cessation resources, including classes, tips, and education to help you quit for good.