Find breathing relief in our Pulmonary Lab
Are you having trouble breathing? Does asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis cause wheezing or tightness in your chest? Does exercise leave you coughing or feeling short of breath? Lung disease comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be mild, acute or chronic. And, it can develop at any time. A diagnosis of lung disease may feel scary and overwhelming. It may convince you to stay home and stop exercising. But lung disease doesn’t have to limit your life.
Visit the Pulmonary Lab at Phelps and let us help you learn to live a full and active life with lung disease. Our board-certified pulmonologists, therapists and technicians will help you understand the many causes and forms of this condition, and show you how to manage it at home, at work, and in recreational and social settings. They will test and diagnose your pulmonary function and capacity and provide individually-tailored therapies––including exercise––to rehabilitate and strengthen your lungs, improve your breathing, endurance, health and wellbeing.
Our staff of experts will talk to you about your lifestyle: whether you smoke, have pets or live in an environment where dust or other allergens can trigger breathing trouble.
It’s tempting to quit exercising when you learn you have lung disease. But exercise is one of the best things you can do. Exercise improves the delivery of blood and oxygen throughout your body. Blood and oxygen give your muscles the energy they need to perform well. Be sure to consult the experts at our Pulmonary Lab before beginning any exercise regimen. We’ll help you build one that is fun, safe and best for you.
Contact our Pulmonary Lab to make an appointment, or for more information.
701 North Broadway, B-level
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Tests performed by our pulmonary lab include:
Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT) – diagnoses the cause and severity of conditions such as shortness of breath, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. We also conduct the following additional tests to determine which therapies will be most helpful:
- Arterial Blood Gases: measures oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in your blood
- Pulse Oximetry: measures oxygen saturation, or the amount of oxygen that your red blood cells carry
- Spirometry: assesses how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you inhale and exhale, and how quickly you exhale
- Lung Volume Measurement: measures the volume of gas in your lungs
- Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing: measures how your heart and lungs respond to exercise
- Maximum Breathing Capacity: the maximum volume of gas that you can inhale and exhale per minute by breathing as quickly and deeply as possible
- Maximum Inspiratory and Expiratory Pressure: measures the strength of your respiratory muscles
Pulmonary Stress Test (Gas Exchange Stress Test) – during this exercise stress test, you pedal on a stationary bike, as the level of resistance gradually increases. A pulmonologist and therapist will track your lungs’ response to exercise by measuring your heart rate, and your ability to take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide.
Simple Respiratory Stress Tests – during this test you’ll take a six-minute walk with and without extra oxygen to demonstrate how much oxygen you need during rest and exercise, and whether exercise constricts the muscles that line the airways of your lungs, making it difficult to breathe.
Pulmonary and Respiratory Care
If you have a respiratory or pulmonary problem, you will find the care you need from Phelps’ Respiratory Care Service. We diagnose a full spectrum of respiratory and pulmonary conditions, and will help you understand and manage your illness.
Our highly-trained therapists have the expertise to operate a ventilator, which breathes for you when you cannot breathe on your own. With state-of-the-art equipment, they will monitor your respiratory health, whether you require intensive care or long-term therapeutic management.
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program will enhance the quality of your life by helping you overcome shortness of breath and gain endurance. Our pulmonary doctors oversee our registered respiratory therapists as they carefully evaluate the health of your lungs and create a personalized treatment program to improve your breathing.