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Lung care for all pulmonary conditions

Our board-certified pulmonologists treat and manage even the most complex lung conditions.

We use the latest research, techniques and technologies in pulmonary medicine to make sure you’re getting the best treatment available. 

From your first appointment, our team of specialists works with you to create a personalized treatment plan unique to you. 

Every year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with lung conditions like asthma, emphysema or cystic fibrosis.

At HealthPartners and Park Nicollet, our board-certified pulmonologists work closely with asthma specialists, allergists, primary care doctors, physical therapists and other members of our team to provide care for even the most complex lung conditions.

We provide leading allergy treatments for respiratory allergies, comprehensive care for difficult to control asthma, pulmonary rehabilitation to improve lung function and personalized treatment for chronic lung conditions. With our pulmonary clinics throughout the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin, you can always find care close to home.

Lung conditions we treat Our pulmonary clinics We also treat:
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDs)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic pneumonia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Respiratory diseases and disorders
  • Sarcoidosis 
Symptoms of respiratory conditions

Many different conditions can affect your lungs, and the symptoms can vary from shortness of breath to a chronic cough to not being able to exercise. If you have concerns about your breathing, it may be time to see a doctor so we can help you find answers and create a treatment plan.

Because breathing issues can quickly worsen, if you have any of the following symptoms please go to the nearest emergency room or dial 911.

  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood or mucus
  • Pain when breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
Diagnosing respiratory conditions

During your appointment, we’ll talk with you about your symptoms and usually perform a physical exam. If more information is needed, these tests are commonly used to diagnose respiratory conditions: 

Lung function tests

Lung function tests are used to test the ability of your lungs. These tests measure how well you breathe and the amount of air your lungs can hold. They’re usually used to diagnose conditions like asthma, COPD and other conditions that might make it difficult for you to breathe. Common lung function tests include spirometry, nitric oxide tests and arterial blood gas tests.

Imaging tests

X-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds are all types of imaging tests. Imaging tests are non-invasive tests that help us see what’s going on inside your lungs. We use imaging tests to look for growths, damage, fluid build-up and other things that might be causing your symptoms. Imaging tests might be used to diagnose COPD, pneumonia, emphysema and other conditions. 

Lung biopsies

Sometimes, a sample of the lung needs to be examined in the lab to diagnose a lung condition. This type of test is called a biopsy. Local anesthesia is often used to make sure the procedure is pain-free and help keep you comfortable. We’ll determine which type of biopsy will work best and answer all your questions before the procedure. 

Sleep or nap study

If you’re having trouble sleeping, you might need to have a sleep or nap study. During this test, our sleep technicians will monitor you while you sleep to watch for causes of your sleep problems. About half of our sleep studies are done at home, while the others are done in comfortable, private rooms at our sleep center. 

Treatment options for lung conditions

No matter what kind of lung condition you have, our pulmonologists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. Common treatment options might include:

Medications

We might prescribe medicine to treat many different types of lung conditions like COPD, asthma, allergies and infections. We’ll work with you to find the medicine or combination of medicines that work best for you. Types of medications commonly prescribed include bronchodilators, oral steroids and antibiotics.

Biologic therapies

For allergies or lung conditions caused by autoimmune diseases, we might prescribe biologic therapies. A biologic therapy is a type of treatment that targets a gene, protein or cell that is involved with the condition. Common types of biologic therapies include immunotherapy for allergies (allergy shots), vaccines and gene therapy. Conditions like allergies, asthma and COPD might be treated with biologic therapies if more standard medicines don’t improve your condition.   

Pulmonary rehabilitation

This treatment is used to treat chronic or severe lung conditions like pulmonary hypertension, emphysema and cystic fibrosis. During pulmonary rehabilitation, a combination of exercise, lifestyle education and nutritional counseling is used to improve your breathing ability.

Oxygen therapy

Some conditions make it hard for your body to get the oxygen it needs. In these cases, we might prescribe supplemental oxygen to help deliver oxygen to your lungs and bloodstream. We’ll talk to you about whether you need oxygen only while you sleep, only while you exercise or throughout the day. 

Other procedures

Depending on your condition, we might recommend other treatment options. Our doctors perform procedures like bronchoscopy cryotherapy, endobronchial radiation and lung surgeries when this is the best course of treatment to heal your lung condition. We’ll recommend the most minimally invasive procedure for your condition and help you understand exactly what to expect before, during and after the procedure. 

Getting started Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Yes, our primary care doctors can diagnose and treat many common lung conditions and provide lung cancer screenings. If you haven’t talked to a doctor about your symptoms, primary care is a good place to start. We’ll help you get started on a personalized treatment plan quickly so you can be one step closer to feeling better.

If additional expertise is needed to treat or diagnose your condition, our primary care doctors will connect you to our pulmonologists. Our team works closely together to make sure you get the expert care you need every step of the way.

Screenings are recommended for people who are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer. You should consider visiting the doctor for a screening if:

  • You’re between 55 and 85 years old
  • You have a history of smoking a pack of cigarettes or more a day
  • You’re a current smoker
  • Or you have quit smoking within the last 15 years 

There are many steps you can take to help keep your lungs healthy and decrease your risk of developing lung conditions.

  • Don’t smoke. If you already smoke, it’s never too late to benefit from quitting.
  • Avoid air pollutants. Outdoor air pollution, chemicals from household cleaners and secondhand smoke are all linked to lung conditions.
  • Exercise regularly. Regular activity can help maintain or improve your lung capacity.
  • Get regular check-ups. Visiting your doctor regularly can make it easier to catch and treat lung conditions early, when they’re most treatable. 

If you’re ready to quit smoking, we’ll work with you to help make that happen. Our doctors can connect you with health coaches, quit aids and other materials for support while you quit. 

Make an appointment with one of our primary care doctors to get started.

We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, PreferredOne and many others.

Not sure what your insurance covers? Call the number on the back of your card or our CareLine nurses any time at 612-339-3663 or 800-551-0859 for help looking at your options.

Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are the member services numbers to common insurance providers: