Treatment of lung and breathing disorders
Pulmonology-Great River Medical Center diagnoses and treats diseases affecting
the lungs and chest. This includes:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Interstitial lung disease
- Lung cancer
- Pulmonary tuberculosis
- Sarcoidosis of the lungs
What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes swelling in your airways. You may
have one or more of these symptoms:
- Chest tightness (a squeezing or sitting sensation)
- Lingering coughing that is worse in the evening and the morning
- Shortness of breath
Asthma can come and go but cannot be cured. With proper lifestyle changes,
education and treatment, it can be controlled.
Most patients come to Great River Pulmonology by referral from their primary-care
providers. But it is possible to become a patient without a physician
referral. Please call the clinic at (319) 768-3240. Staff will ask you
for information about your health history. A provider will review the
information, and you will receive a return call.
What Is COPD?
Smoking is the most common cause of COPD in the U.S. According to the American
Lung Association, smoking causes 80 to 90 percent of cases. Other causes
are exposure to air pollution, secondhand smoke and occupational dust
When we breathe, air travels through airways in our lungs to millions of
air sacs. Air moves easily in and out of healthy lungs. COPD makes it
difficult to get air through these airways and in and out of our air sacs, as well.
COPD includes two serious lung issues:
Chronic bronchitis – Inflamed airways cause extended periods of coughing and mucus
Emphysema – Air sacs don’t work properly because they are damaged or
the breathing tubes in our lungs collapse.
Coughing that may produce mucus, shortness of breath and fatigue are common
symptoms of COPD—all of which can get progressively worse without
treatment. If you have symptoms of COPD, contact your healthcare provider
immediately so you can begin managing the disease. Making lifestyle adjustments,
such as quitting smoking, is a powerful first step to improving your lung health.
Becoming a Patient
When you are referred to Great River Pulmonology, your primary-care provider
should send copies of your pertinent medical history and reports of all
laboratory tests for one full year before your appointment. If you were
not referred, please ask your primary-care provider’s office to
send this information to Great River Pulmonology.
Bring the following to your appointment:
- Insurance card so our staff can photocopy it and file documents with your
- List of medicines you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter
medicines, vitamins, supplements and cold remedies. Be sure to update
your medicine list every time there is a change, and bring a copy to each
- Photo ID
During your appointment, your provider will review your medical history
and laboratory results with you. Following your first appointment, your
care may involve laboratory and other diagnostic tests to assess your