Pulmonary Disease

Pulmonary Disease in Broward County Seniors

Pulmonary disease is an umbrella term for a variety of health conditions affecting the ability of the lungs to effectively take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. Older Broward County adults are particularly susceptible to pulmonary diseases as the result of years of exposure to cigarette smoke and other harmful substances and a decreased ability to fight off infections.

Pulmonary Disease in Broward seniors

Types of Pulmonary Disease:

Lung disease can attack any part of the complex pulmonary system. Specific conditions that fall under the heading of pulmonary disease include:

• asthma
chronic bronchitis
• chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
emphysema
• pneumonia
• pulmonary edema
• interstitial lung disease
• pulmonary hypertension
• pulmonary embolism

The various diseases involving the lungs are among the most commonly diagnosed medical conditions and over a million residents of Broward, from Fort Lauderdale to Pompano Beach to Deerfield Beach.

Causes of Pulmonary Disease:

The majority of lung disease cases are related to smoking, infections, or genetics. Seniors can take steps to improve their pulmonary health by quitting smoking, avoiding second-hand smoke and other pollutants, exercising to improve their lung capacity, getting influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations, and taking steps to prevent infections.

Treatments Options for Pulmonary Disease:

The treatment of pulmonary disease varies based on the type of disease as well as the severity. The most common treatments include oral or inhaled medications, smoking cessation and other lifestyle modifications, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, and surgery.

Health Care for Seniors:

Persistent shortness of breath and trouble breathing are not a normal part of getting older. A chronic cough, labored breathing, shortness of breath with minimal exertion, coughing up mucus or blood, and wheezing are all warning signs of pulmonary disease that should not be ignored. At Unimed Care, we specialize in offering geriatric and primary care services to seniors in Broward County and surrounding areas in South Florida. If you or a loved one is experiencing breathing difficulties, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We offer 4 convenient primary care locations in Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Deerfield Beach.