Pulmonologists in Port St. Lucie, Florida

St. Lucie Medical Center's board-certified pulmonologists provide breathing support and oxygenation therapies to help our patients breathe easier. We also perform outpatient pulmonary testing to help you and your doctor better understand your lung health.

To learn more about pulmonary services at St. Lucie Medical Center, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (772) 742-9060.

We also offer smoking cessation educational resources and counseling to patients who are trying to quit smoking. Quitting smoking is one of the most proactive steps a person can take to prevent future pulmonary conditions.

The goal of pulmonary testing is to measure the proper function of the lungs and oxygenation to other parts of the body. We offer:

  • Pulmonary function test—This test focuses on assessing how well the lungs are performing. Lung volume, capacity and flow rates are measured and can be used to diagnose certain types of lung conditions.
  • Arterial blood gas (ABG) test—This is a blood test that measures oxygen, carbon dioxide and pH levels in the artery. ABG tests are used to identify oxygenation, ventilation and metabolic insufficiencies.
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)—This is a diagnostic test that uses a bronchoscope to identify lung disease or perform a biopsy.

Outpatient pulmonary testing requires a referral from a pulmonologist or your primary care provider.

Pulmonary treatments

There are a number of different pulmonary treatment options available to assist in proper lung and airway function, including:

  • Nebulizer treatment—A nebulizer is a medication delivery device used to administer medicine as a treatment for patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP)—This treatment offers a noninvasive method of ventilation for patients with sleep apnea, COPD, high carbon dioxide levels, congestive heart failure and oxygenation deficiencies.
  • Ventilator—A ventilator is a breathing machine that assists a patient in breathing or breathes for the patient.
  • Positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy—This therapy helps keep the airways from closing by aiding the lungs in expanding. PEP therapy is useful when a patient is experiencing broken ribs or a collapsed airway.

Depending on a patient's condition, he or she may require specialty care and treatment from both pulmonologists and cardiologists. Our cardiac services work in conjunction with our pulmonary care treatments to ensure the heart and lungs are working together.