Salinas Valley Pulmonary & Critical Care
Respiratory Health Services in Monterey County
Every cell in your body requires oxygen to live, and the lungs work hard
to distribute oxygen to all every hardworking component of your body.
It can be scary when you realize you or a loved one is having difficulty
breathing. Seek immediate medical attention, but do not panic. Having
trouble breathing does not mean you will suddenly stop altogether at a
moment’s notice. If you are in Monterey County or the surrounding
area, call or visit the Salinas Valley Medical Clinic (SVMC) pulmonary
care center. We provide critical care for lung and respiratory disorders.
When to Visit Pulmonary Care
A tight feeling in your chest or trouble breathing should be examined by
a medical professional immediately. You may be in need of critical care
to prevent a serious problem.
Speak to a doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Persistent coughing for over a month
- Short, rapid breaths and wheezing
- Loud, unusual snoring (sleep apnea)
- Chest pains
- Coughing up blood
These could be the warning signs of lung disease. The earlier you start
treating lung disease, the better your chances of recovery. This is not
a condition you want to wait and see if it gets better. Waiting too long
for treatment could result in permeant damage.
There are numerous types of lung disease:
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – This is a chronic condition where an obstruction in the lungs
slowly forms, making it difficult to breathe. It is most often caused
by exposure to air pollution or smoking. A team of pulmonary specialists
typically work together to coordinate a patient’s long-term care.
The condition cannot be cured, but the more severe symptoms can be mitigated
Cystic fibrosis – This disease changes the way your body produces fluids like mucus
and sweat and impedes their ability to work properly. It usually develops
early in babies. The seriousness of this condition varies from patient
to patient, with mild symptoms in some cases, and life threatening conditions
in others. Though it can’t be cured, treatment can prevent the more
serious symptoms from manifesting.
Emphysema – In this disease, various parts of the lungs deteriorate and collapse,
hindering your ability to breath. This affects not just your breathing,
but also blood flow, resulting in other potentially life threatening side
effects. Emphysema is not curable, but it can be managed with specialized treatment
Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) – ILD describes a variety of diseases that thicken the tissues around
the air sacs. This makes it difficult to breathe and supply the blood
stream with oxygen. These diseases can come up all at once, or develop
slowly over time. The damage done from this disease is often irreversible,
but treatment can help improve a patient’s quality of life.
Lung cancer – This is an aggressive form of cancer that should be treated as early as
possible. Warning signs include shortness of breath, loss of appetite,
and coughing up blood. Success rate at curing lung cancer improve the
earlier it is diagnoses.
The pulmonary/critical care team at SVMC has the skill and experience necessary
to diagnose lung disease quickly. Patients receive comprehensive care
that coaches them on how to manage incurable conditions.