At Staten Island University Hospital, our Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine is staffed by physicians who are board certified specialists in their fields, and who maintain the highest standards of academic quality and integrity.
We practice in three key areas:
Pulmonary medicineâ€”Pulmonologists specialize in diseases of the lungs and respiratory system and commonly evaluate patients with persistent coughing, difficulty breathing, abnormal chest X-rays and chest pain. They also routinely treat patients with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), asthma, interstitial pneumonia, sarcoidosis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Pulmonologists also specialize in treating environmentally related pulmonary diseases such as asbestosis, silicosis and coal workers' pneumoconiosis.
Critical care medicineâ€”Critical care physicians monitor and treat patients with respiratory failure, shock and overwhelming infections (sepsis) in an intensive care unit. They specialize in using mechanical ventilators and hemodynamic monitoring equipment such as swan-ganz catheters, central venous pressure monitors and end-tidal carbon dioxide monitors.
Sleep medicineâ€”Sleep medicine physicians evaluate patients for all sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness. Disorders may include obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, insomnia, REM behavior disorders and parasomnias (sleepwalking).
Medical conditions that affect your ability to breathe are especially serious. Many lung diseases can be life-threatening if left untreated, and any kind of breathing trouble can affect your quality of life. When you need pulmonary care, visit our physicians at Staten Island University Hospital. Our diagnostic tests can assess the presence and severity of many lung disorders and respiratory diseases.
During your assessment, our physicians may use one or more of the following tests:
- Initial consultation
- X-rays of the chest
- Testing for pulmonary functioning
- Basic spirometry
- Measurements for diffusion capacity
- Measurements for lung volume
- Sleep disorder studies
We are able to diagnose and treat many conditions and types of lung diseases:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary emboli
We also treat sleep conditions such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and parasomnias (such as sleepwalking).
The importance of treatment
Many Americans suffer from lung and sleep disorders that cause blockages and serious breathing problems. Even if you're not aware of the severity of the problem, the poor quality and duration of your sleep can have broader impacts on your overall health. Sluggishness, irritability and impaired alertness can affect you throughout the day. Lung disease can make simple everyday tasks a challenge. If your level of respiratory function makes it difficult to climb even a few stairs, then your condition may be putting you at risk for other health problems.
Our basic approach
At our pulmonary program, patients have access to a team of physicians and respiratory therapists. We use advanced medical equipment and the latest tests to assess and treat your condition. We also conduct sleep studies for patients who are suffering from sleep disorders.
Get your life back with respiratory treatment
Staten Island University Hospital offers accurate diagnoses and exceptional treatment options. We are dedicated to helping patients by connecting them with the leading technologies. Schedule your appointment today.