Pulmonology & Cardiology: The Connection

A patient undergoes cardiopulmonary stress testing to assess how well his lungs and heart work together and individually.

As a board certified Pulmonologist, Dr. Irram Hamdani specializes in disease of the lungs and airway. Patients who may need to see a pulmonologist include those who had childhood asthma, smoked in the past, or are experiencing shortness of breath, chronic coughs or occupational exposure. Dr. Hamdani’s expertise is an ideal complement to our cardiovascular services.

We offer a range of diagnostic pulmonary services that can detect the occurrence of a pulmonary issue. In the event the diagnostic test shows a cardiology problem instead of a pulmonary issue, a team of board certified cardiologists is just down the hall. Housing cardiology and pulmonology under the same roof ensures patients receive expedited and comprehensive care when they need it the most.

“Patients are always relieved to know they don’t have to shuffle to multiple testing centers or doctor’s offices,” Dr. Hamdani says, “I can speak with each cardiologist directly so the patient is receiving personalized care.”

One of our core diagnostic tests is the cardiopulmonary stress test. Cardiopulmonary stress testing is a state-of-the-art technology used to assess your heart and lungs based on how well they work individually and together. This test can differentiate between physical inactivity versus when there is a need for a heart or lung transplant.

“Traditionally, this technology has been exclusive to large hospital systems,” Dr. Yazan Khatib, President of First Coast Cardiovascular Institute says, “We are proud to be the only outpatient practice in Jacksonville able to offer this service to our patients at lower out-of-pocket costs.”

Additionally, certain illnesses may require the work of both a pulmonologist and cardiologist. For example, pulmonary hypertension is a form of high blood pressure affecting both the lungs and the heart. For a condition like this, the expertise of both specialists ensures the patient is receiving the best care possible.

We are committed to providing convenient and cutting-edge multi-specialty care to each patient. Call 904.493.3333 to schedule an appointment with our physicians.  

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