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Pulmonary Medicine

Care for Patients with Breathing Difficulty and Lung Conditions

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*Bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with valves are not acceptable.

pulmonary medicine lungsThanks to our community's compliance with public health and safety recommendations, we are able to reopen many of the services we offer at BCH. It is safe to come to BCH for your health care needs. Please click here to see how we are working to keep you safe. We also now offer convenient virtual visits at our primary and specialty clinics.

Our comprehensive pulmonary medicine program is staffed by specialists who offer diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education for patients of all ages with breathing difficulties such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and lung disease. Our experienced team includes pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, nurses and diagnostic technicians.

At Boulder Valley Pulmonology, we offer comprehensive treatments and services to help with your breathing and lung-related conditions. Please call us today to schedule an appointment at our convenient location in Boulder at 303-415-5399.

Conditions We Diagnose and Treat

  • Abnormal chest x-rays
  • Asthma, allergic and non-allergic
  • Autoimmune-related lung disease
  • Bronchietasis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cough
  • Critical Care (for ICU inpatients at Foothills Hospital)
  • Deep venous thrombosis
  • Emphysema and bronchitis
  • High altitude illness
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Non-tuberculosis mycobacteria
  • Pleural effusions
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary nodules
  • Respiratory complications of neuromuscular weakness
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sleep apnea and other sleep-disordered breathing
  • Tuberculosis
  • Unexplained shortness of breath

Our Pulmonary Services Include:

CT Scan of the Chest - A CT scan takes pictures of the inside of the body. The pictures are more detailed than a typical x-ray. During a CT scan of the chest, pictures are taken of cross-sections or slices of the thoracic structures in your body. The thoracic structures include your lungs, heart and the bones around these areas.

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing or MVO2 - Also known as an exercise tolerance test, this is used both in the extreme athlete to determine MVO2 max, lactate threshold as part of a structured program to optimize fitness. It is also used to help determine the cause of unexplained shortness of breath.

Pulmonary Function Testing - A non-invasive diagnostic test that checks to see how well your lungs work. PFTs can diagnose lung diseases and measure the severity of lung problems. If you are receiving treatment for a lung disease, a PFT can help determine how well that therapy is working.

Bronchoscopy - A procedure to help diagnose and treat a variety of lung conditions. A thin, flexible fibrotic scope is passed through the mouth or nose into the lungs, typically under sedation, enabling the clinician to view the airway, take samples and perform interventions, when needed

Right Heart Catheterization - Or pulmonary artery catheterization is a test used to see how well your heart is pumping (how much it pumps per minute) and to measure the blood pressure in your heart and the main blood vessels in your lungs. A vein is accessed and then a long thin tube, or catheter, guided to your heart and pulmonary arteries. The pressure in these areas is checked throughout the procedure to confirm whether or not you have pulmonary hypertension and guide therapy.

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) - EBUS bronchoscopy is a procedure used to diagnose different types of lung disorders, including inflammation, infections or cancer. Performed by a pulmonologist, EBUS bronchoscopy uses a flexible tube that goes through your mouth and into your windpipe and lungs. Similar to, though smaller than, the device used during a colonoscopy, the EBUS scope has a video camera with an ultrasound probe attached to create local images of your lungs and nearby lymph nodes in order to accurately locate and evaluate areas seen on x-rays or scans that need a closer look.

Biologic Therapy for Severe Asthma - Some patients still have frequent symptoms and exacerbations requiring oral steroids despite being on more than one inhaler. Fortunately, there are newer biologic treatments to help patients with severe asthma. Biologic therapies can help reduce the frequency of exacerbations and improve the quality of life in patients suffering with severe asthma.

Bronchial Thermoplasty - This innovative outpatient treatment can help patients who have severe or persistent asthma that is not well controlled by asthma medications. A specially-trained pulmonologist uses mild heat to decrease the amount of excess smooth muscle tissue in the airways, reducing constriction during an asthma attack.

Critical Care - We provide comprehensive inpatient critical care services for those patients who require intensive care when admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Boulder Community Health’s Foothills Hospital.

Respiratory Therapy - Our experienced respiratory therapists assist pulmonologists in diagnosing illnesses and provide therapy, management and education to improve respiratory health. They can educate patients with cardiac or pulmonary disease conditions on self-management techniques designed to help individuals and families deal with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD.

Pulmonary and Respiratory Care Rehabilitation - Our team of medical experts provides patients with chronic lung conditions tools they can use to manage their condition and improve their quality of life through:

  • Comprehensive education
  • Stress management
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Supervised exercise
  • Medical testing
  • Home exercise programs

Contact Us Today
At Boulder Community Health, we have licensed respiratory therapists available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation and diagnostic testing is available by appointment with a physician referral. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the BCH Cardiopulmonary Department at 303-415-4852.

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Important Information

Boulder Community Health is following current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that call for patients and visitors to continue wearing masks at Foothills Hospital and all BCH patient-care facilities.

People 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For updated Vaccine Clinic hours and general vaccine info, please visit our vaccine page.