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Our first priority is you, our patient. We strive to provide you with excellent quality care and to exceed your expectations in a comfortable and convenient manner. Our highly trained physicians and professional staff are always available to assist you with questions regarding your care, medications, insurance or billing.
If you have any questions regarding your appointment or the paperwork, please contact us at (602) 346-4771 and one of our scheduling staff members will gladly assist you.
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Defined: Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic (inherited) condition – it is passed from parents to their children through their genes. Alpha-1 may result in serious lung disease in adults and/or liver disease at any age. For each trait a person inherits, there are usually two genes; one gene comes from each parent. People with Alpha-1 have received two abnormal alpha-1 antitrypsin genes. One of these abnormal genes came from their mother and one from their father.
Defined: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness. Many people mistake their increased breathlessness and coughing as a normal part of aging. In the early stages of the disease, you may not notice the symptoms. COPD can develop for years without noticeable shortness of breath. You begin to see the symptoms in the more developed stages of the disease. That’s why it is important that you talk to your doctor as soon as you notice any of these symptoms. Ask your doctor about taking a spirometry test.
Link for PA Website – http://www.copdfoundation.org/
Defined: Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that: clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
Link for PA Website – http://www.cff.org/
Defined: Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs that can lead to heart failure.
Link for PA Website – http://www.phassociation.org/
Procedures & Testing
Defined: A revolutionary procedure—with proven results! In a clinical study of patients with severe asthma, 79% of patients treated with Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT), delivered by the Alair™ System, saw a significant improvement in their asthma-related quality of life.1 In addition, patients treated with BT experienced: 32% fewer severe asthma attacks1, 84% fewer asthma-related emergency room visits1, 66% fewer days lost from work, school, and other activities due to asthma symptoms1 Lasting benefits: Improvements in quality of life and number of days lost from activities due to asthma symptoms were followed for one year.
Metabolic Testing – VO2 Assessment:
Defined: A metabolic assessment to measure how efficiently a body burns calories both at rest and while exercising. With the detailed, science-based snapshot of your metabolism that comes from our assessment, we can design a workout program that meets each member’s individual needs. Your metabolism is as individual as your fingerprint. This assessment determines how you use oxygen and fat to provide energy for exercise. With information gained from the testing, a personal zone training plan will be created to help improve cardiovascular fitness, enhance athletic performance and lose weight.
We specifically test:
- Volume of oxygen consumed
- Fat utilization profile
- Pinpoint lactate threshold