Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the lung’s airways. The condition causes a recurring set of symptoms including wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing — all of which make breathing difficult.
Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be managed through medication and knowing what particular things will trigger an attack for you.
Over time, the effects of uncontrolled asthma, such as increased inflammation and asthma attacks, may have long-term effects on your breathing leading to permanent damage to the lining of your airways.
Dr. Nader Mahmood and North Jersey Pulmonary Associates will work to develop a customized treatment plan that’s right for you. That includes performing a series of pulmonary function tests, helping you to identify your asthma triggers, and prescribing a medication regime that may include oral medications and inhalers.
With three convenient locations in Paterson, Secaucus, and Totowa, NJ, Dr. Mahmood and his staff are dedicated to keeping your asthma symptoms at bay so you can live the life you want. Use online booking now, or call the office to schedule an appointment.
Everyone coughs from time to time — it’s a common reflex action that clears your throat of mucus or foreign irritants. But a number of conditions can cause a more serious, persistent cough that can cause a host of other symptoms, such as sleeplessness, urinary incontinence and even broken ribs. A cough typically falls into one of two categories: acute and chronic.
If your cough lasts several weeks, you have a cough and fever over 100 °F, or you’re coughing up discolored or bloody mucus, you need medical intervention and treatment to prevent an increase in severity or the development of other symptoms.
Dr. Nader Mahmood of North Jersey Pulmonary Associates is at the forefront of pulmonary medicine modalities. He will perform a series of diagnostic tests in order to develop an effective treatment plan that’s right for you. Treatment may involve medications – such as antibiotics or inhalers – or pulmonary rehabilitation to reduce coughing.
With three convenient locations in Paterson, Secaucus, and Totowa, NJ, Dr. Mahmood and his staff are dedicated treating the underlying cause of your cough — and silencing it. Use online booking now, or call the office to schedule.
Getting an uninterrupted, restorative sleep is important for the well-being of your mind and body. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes your airway to collapse or become blocked during sleep, and where breathing pauses for a few seconds or longer. Normal breathing starts again with a snort, choking sound or gasping for breath.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your sleep is usually interrupted many times during the night. Left untreated, other more serious medical problems may develop such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.
At North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, Dr. Nader Mahmood may use several different techniques to diagnose sleep apnea. A sleep study is usually the main diagnostic technique, where your airflow, blood oxygen levels, breathing patterns, and heart rate are all closely monitored.
If we determine that you suffer from sleep apnea, treatment will depend on the severity of your symptoms and how it's affecting your life. For most patients, Dr. Mahmood may prescribe either an Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) or a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine which work to keep your airways open while you sleep. He may also recommend lifestyle changes such as weight loss if needed, drinking less alcohol and sleeping on your side — all of which can improve the condition.
With three convenient locations in Paterson, Secaucus, and Totowa, NJ, Dr. Mahmood and his staff are dedicated to effectively treating your obstructive sleep apnea to restore better health and lessen the risk of complications. Use online booking now, or call the office to schedule an appointment.
Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, yet it’s the leading cause of death from cancer, accounting for 27 percent of all cancer-related deaths. The most common causes of lung cancer are smoking and secondhand smoke. Less frequently, the condition is caused by exposure to radon and other environmental pollutants. In rare cases, the condition develops in people with no known risk factors.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
At North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, Dr. Mahmood uses the highest-quality technology – including navigational bronchoscopy and endobronchial (EBUS) bronchoscopy – to diagnose lung cancer. These options are minimally invasive and safer when compared to traditional chest biopsies.
Lung cancers are broadly classified into two types: small cell lung cancers (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC), based upon the appearance of the tumor cells. These two types of cancers grow, spread, and are treated in different ways, which will determine the type of treatment you receive and your prognosis.
With three convenient locations in Paterson, Secaucus, and Totowa, NJ, you can count on Dr. Mahmood to accurately diagnose your condition, address your concerns, and recommend the appropriate oncologist for specialized treatment. Use online booking now, or call the office to schedule an appointment.
It is one of the most common — and dangerous — conditions that affect the lungs. Pulmonary embolism (PE) affects about a million people in the U.S. each year, resulting in sudden death in one quarter of those cases.
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that occurs inside the lungs. Its most common cause is a condition called deep vein thrombosis, which is a clot that starts in the leg, travels upward and ultimately lodges in the lung. A blood clot, regardless of its size, can interfere with regular blood flow and reduce blood oxygen levels. The resulting damage can be serious or even fatal if left untreated.
At North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, Dr. Mahmood will utilize state-of-the-art technology to accurately diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan for your specific needs. The first line of PE treatment involves blood thinner medications, which prevent fresh blood clots from forming. Less often, clot-dissolving medications may be used. He may also recommend lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet, losing weight and stopping cigarette smoking to help you reduce your risk and possibly avoid a pulmonary embolism completely.
With three convenient locations in Paterson, Secaucus, and Totowa, NJ, Dr. Mahmood and his staff are dedicated to effectively treating PE, in order to restore and maintain your better health. Use online booking now, or call the office to schedule an appointment.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects millions of Americans and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. It is a chronic lung condition – sometimes called emphysema or chronic bronchitis – that makes it difficult to breathe.
With COPD, the airways in your lungs become thickened and inflamed, creating less space for air to flow. In turn, this makes it more difficult to get oxygen into your lungs and carbon dioxide out of your body. Over time, this problem worsens, leaving you with shortness of breath, difficulty breathing during normal activities, and an inability to catch your breath while exercising.
The major cause of COPD is cigarette smoking. Other causes of COPD include long-term exposure to chemicals, dust, and pollutants in the air where you work or live.
If you experience shortness of breath or have a history of smoking, visit Dr. Mahmood at North Jersey Pulmonary Associates for a thorough examination. He will listen to your lungs for abnormal sounds that may indicate lung disease, and perform a variety of pulmonary function tests to determine the overall condition of your lungs.
With testing, Dr. Mahmood will give the treatment that you need to prevent or slow the progression of COPD including pulmonary rehabilitation to improve your breathing, exercise training, nutrition advice, and counseling. The best way to prevent COPD is to stop smoking and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke, chemicals, and pollutants. In other cases, Dr. Mahmood may recommend supplemental oxygen, surgery, or medications to manage side effects of COPD.
With three convenient locations in Paterson, Secaucus, and Totowa, NJ, Dr. Mahmood and his staff are dedicated to effectively treating COPD, in order to maintain your better lung health. Use online booking now, or call the office to schedule an appointment.
Pneumonia develops because of infection in the lungs caused by a variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi. The air sacs within your lungs grow highly inflamed, making normal breathing nearly impossible because it's harder for oxygen to reach the bloodstream. Symptoms often grow worse over time, especially if you don't get treatment quickly. Left untreated, pneumonia can be fatal.
A pneumonia diagnosis depends on the exact symptoms you're experiencing. At North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, Dr. Mahmood will perform a complete physical exam, perform blood tests to look for signs of infection, administer a chest X-ray, and check your airways using an instrument known as a bronchoscope.
Treatment varies based on both the cause of the pneumonia and how severe it is. In most cases, Dr. Mahmood may prescribe oral antibiotics to kill the bacteria that caused the infection. If there's currently a flu outbreak in your area, you might need antiviral medicine as well as antibiotics. Depending upon the severity of your pneumonia, the doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid medicine to reduce inflammation.
With three convenient locations in Paterson, Secaucus, and Totowa, NJ, Dr. Mahmood and his staff are dedicated to effectively treating pneumonia, in order to restore you to better health. Use online booking now, or call the office to schedule an appointment.
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Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing
At the office of North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, our goals are to help patients breathe easier and maintain optimal wellness.
While shortness of breath with exercise, also known as exertional dyspnea, might be indicative of neuromuscular, psychogenic, or systemic illness, it’s one of the most common symptoms of pulmonary and cardiovascular disease. For this reason, cardiopulmonary stress testing plays a significant role in identifying and managing conditions affecting the heart and lungs.
Why perform a cardiopulmonary stress test?
By performing a cardiopulmonary stress test, our office can determine how well your heart and lungs function during periods of exertion. Because issues during exertion appear sooner than ones at rest, a cardiopulmonary stress test makes it possible to detect harmful conditions at an earlier stage; sometimes, even before a patient is fully aware that a problem is present.
Leading-edge technology and advanced methods of care
As providers of state-of-the-art care, we use the latest technology to make diagnosis and treatment more comfortable, convenient, and precise. With the Shape-HFTM Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing System, our office can measure and quantify exertional dyspnea to determine a patient’s functional capacity, the risk for potentially life-threatening complications, and gather the necessary information to make well-informed decisions on care. As a patient exercises, we measure the oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in the inhaled and exhaled air as well as well as the airflow, heart rate, and blood/oxygen saturation.
Easy on patients, the Shape-HFTM Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing System offers low-intensity testing protocols to avoid undue physical stress while providing accurate results in minutes. It can also track a patient’s progress and assess the response to therapeutic care.
What is a thoracic ultrasound?
To assist in the accurate diagnosis of pulmonary conditions, our office may recommend a thoracic ultrasound. This non-invasive diagnostic test provides images and essential information on the vital organs and important structures in the chest cavity.
Unlike other types of diagnostic imaging, a thoracic ultrasound does not involve radiation, nor the ingestion or injection of a contrast dye. This quick and convenient test can also be performed in-office, providing real-time results to assist in the diagnosis of acute as well as chronic issues.
Why a thoracic ultrasound may be recommended
Frequently recommended along with other types of diagnostic imaging such as a chest x-ray, CT scan, or MRI, a thoracic, aka pulmonary ultrasound offers valuable diagnostic information the following conditions affecting the lungs and pleural space:
While the above list reflects some of the more common reasons for a thoracic ultrasound, this type of diagnostic test may also be performed to view and assess other areas with the chest containing the heart, esophagus, lymph nodes, and additional structures. In some cases, a thoracic ultrasound is used for precise visualization as guided instruments remove excess fluids or perform a biopsy of the chest tissue.
How is a thoracic ultrasound performed?
An ultrasound is a non-invasive and painless procedure that uses sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. As with all other ultrasound procedures, the first step involves applying gel to the skin overlying the area to be examined. Then a wand-like transducer, which emits sound waves, is gently glided over the skin. Because sound waves travel at varying speeds depending on what they encounter, the reflected waves can be translated into a precise diagnostic image.
Your trusted partner in care
As skilled and experienced providers of care, our office will explain what to expect during the procedure and carefully review the findings of your diagnostic tests. At North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, your care and comfort are our top priorities. We’re always available to answer every question and concern and remain by your side every step of the way.
As the signs and degree of asthma symptoms vary from person to person, it’s essential to track the severity of the condition and any changes over time. Whether your flare-ups occur while exercising, allergy-induced, due to a respiratory infection, stress, or occupational irritants, without proper diagnosis and an appropriate management plan, the condition can be life-threatening. By performing a FeNO test, our office can determine the amount of nitric acid in your breath, the degree of inflammation in your airways, and the most effective approach to care.
Effective management depends on precise diagnostic testing.
For patients with allergic or eosinophilic asthma, a FeNO test offers an objective and accurate measurement of airway inflammation. Beyond being a valuable diagnostic tool, this test also provides the following benefits:
While conventional evaluation methods measure airflow, a FeNO test quantifies the degree of airway inflammation. With reliable data on airway inflammation and steroid responsiveness in hand, well-informed and therapeutic treatment decisions can be made. Recommended by the American Thoracic Society (ATS), a FeNO test supports the accurate assessment, management, and long-term monitoring of asthmatic conditions.
A convenient, quick, and non-invasive diagnostic tool
Simple, safe, and easy to perform; a FeNO test is well tolerated by both children and adults. While instructed and supervised by a member of our office team, all a patient needs to do is take a slow, deep breath in and then exhale steadily and evenly into a tube attached to a specialized electronic measurement device. Typically, the entire test can be performed in five minutes, with accurate results available soon after that.
At North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, we maintain a position at the forefront of advances in technology and care. We use the NIOX VERO®, one of the most utilized and well respected FeNO testing devices across the globe.