New York Methodist
ASTHMA AND LUNG DISEASE
The Institute for Asthma and Lung Diseases at NY Methodist
ew York Methodist Hospital’s Institute for Asthma and Lung Diseases is dedicated to the delivery of the highest quality care for patients with a broad range of lung conditions. Board-certified pediatric and adult pulmonologists diagnose asthma based on a physical examination, medical and family history and lung function tests. Other factors, including allergens and irritants patients are exposed to as well as the severity of the patients’ symptoms are also considered. In addition, the Hospital provides emergency asthma services for adult and pediatric patients. The Institute’s pulmonologists, along with thoracic surgeons and numerous other specialists, also treat obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, sleep disorders, occupational lung disease, interstitial lung disease and infectious lung diseases through a variety of programs and services that focus on diagnosis, treatment and management. One such program — a recent addition to the Institute — is the Pulmonary Hypertension Center, the only center in Brooklyn that offers an integrated approach to the diagnosis and management of pulmonary hypertension (PH). Pulmonary hypertension is a condition that occurs when tiny arteries in the lungs are narrowed, blocked or destroyed, causing pressure to increase in these arteries. “Pulmonary hypertension is a very underrecognized disease,” said
Left: Suhail Raoof, M.D., chief of pulmonary critical care medicine at NYM. Right: Richard Lazzaro, M.D., chief of thoracic surgery at NYM, with a patient. Suhail Raoof, M.D., chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at NYM and head of the Institute for Asthma and Lung Diseases. “We are working to increase awareness because — for the first time — treatment is available for this debilitating condition. “If PH is suspected, patients treated at the Institute may undergo blood tests, pulmonary examinations, chest imaging and a cardiac catheterization to definitively diagnose the disease.” Right heart catheterization, which directly measures the pressure in the pulmonary arteries, is considered the gold standard for diagnosing PH. At New York Methodist Hospital, the test is performed by board-certified interventional cardiologists. “The management of this disease requires an entire team,” said Dr. Raoof. “We take a comprehensive approach to its treatment and encourage each patient to be a partner in his or her care.”
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Minimally invasive thoracic surgery for the treatment of lung cancer is another area of expertise offered by the Institute. Lung cancer, the second most diagnosed cancer in men and women (after prostate and breast), is generally diagnosed in older individuals. “As the population ages, there is an increased need for techniques that are well tolerated among the elderly,” explained Richard Lazzaro, M.D., chief of thoracic surgery at NYM. “For a variety of reasons, minimally invasive techniques, are easier for seniors to recover from, and outcomes are often much better.” The videoassisted thoracic surgery performed by Dr. Lazzaro requires just four small incisions, keeping blood loss to a minimum. Patients at New York Methodist who have lung cancer are treated by a team of physicians that includes pulmonologists, radiologists
and oncologists. “There is never just a single pair of eyes looking at the patient,” said Dr. Lazzaro. “We use a multidisciplinary approach, working together to determine the best and most appropriate treatment for each patient.” For more information on the Institute for Asthma and Lung Diseases at NYM, please call (718) 780-5835, or visit www.nym.org.
New York Methodist 501 Sixth Street Wesley House 7A Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215 718-780-5367 Suhail Raoof, M.D., Chief of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Richard Lazzaro, M.D., Chief of Thoracic Surgery
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