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Wayne Health’s Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Clinics provide primary and specialty care for those with diseases of the respiratory system or sleep-related disorders. Our team also specializes in the care of critically ill patients requiring hemodynamic (blood circulation) monitoring or procedures.
We are dedicated to serving the medical needs of residents of the Detroit metropolitan area, surrounding communities and beyond.
Our team of physicians has long-standing experience and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of patients with a variety of lung diseases. We take a holistic approach to evaluating patients, taking the time to go over your symptoms and to review previous testing. We create a treatment plan based upon your needs and your goals for care, taking the time to explain our approach and to educate you in the process.
We offer a wide range of diagnostic testing options for patients with respiratory conditions, including:
We also offer access to respiratory therapy programs, such as:
The sleep specialists at Wayne Health practice at the Detroit Receiving Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. AASM accreditation is awarded to centers that can demonstrate a high standard of medical care for patients with sleep disorders.
Wayne Health doctors specialize in the treatment of a wide range of respiratory disorders affecting individuals or their families, including:
The Wayne Health physician leaders of these programs are recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise in these areas of medicine.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a general term for a group of lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. People with COPD have decreased airflow in and out of the lungs, which makes it hard to breathe. The airways also can get clogged with thick mucus. Cigarette smoking is a major cause of COPD.
Although there is no cure for COPD, you can slow its progress. Following your treatment plan and taking care of yourself can help you feel better and live longer.
When you have asthma, you may:
Symptoms may start soon after you’re around things (triggers) that cause your asthma attacks. This is an early-phase response. Or they may start several hours after exposure (late-phase response). A late-phase response can make it harder to figure out what triggers your symptoms.
Symptoms can be mild or severe. You may have symptoms daily or just now and then. Or you may have something in between.
Some people have symptoms that get worse at night, such as a cough and shortness of breath.
You may be more likely to have asthma if:
Other things that may put you at risk for asthma include:
These same things can make your symptoms worse if you have asthma.
Wayne Health doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of respiratory conditions, including:
Sleep medicine is a particular area of expertise for Wayne Health. The following symptoms may be an indication that you have a sleep disorder:
Asthma is treated with medicine to help you breathe easier, along with self-care.
Medicines used to treat asthma include:
Daily controller medicine
This medicine prevents asthma attacks. It helps stop problems before they happen. It also reduces inflammation in your lungs. These things help you control your asthma. A daily controller medicine isn’t used to treat an asthma attack because it works too slowly.
Short-acting (quick-relief) medicine
This medicine is for times when you can’t prevent symptoms and need to treat them fast. It helps relax the airways and allows you to breathe easier. You use them only when you need to.
Oral or injected corticosteroids (systemic corticosteroids)
These medicines get your asthma under control before you start to take daily medicine. You may also need them to treat asthma attacks.
Treatment also includes things you can do to control your symptoms, like avoiding your triggers and following your asthma action plan.
Wayne Health physicians and researchers are faculty members at Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct basic, translational and clinical research. This makes the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other providers without a medical school affiliation. Some of our areas of research include:
The WSU Sleep Research Laboratory’s areas of research interest include control of breathing during sleep, the role of gender in the biological origin of sleep-disordered breathing, and upper airway mechanics during sleep.
For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.