Pulmonary

Dr. Ahmed Bhatti is a pulmonologist, or pulmonary disease specialist. Dr. Bhatti possesses specialized knowledge and skill in the diagnosis and treat pulmonary (lung) conditions and diseases. Pulmonology is classified as an internal medicine subspecialty.

Conditions treated include, but are not limited to the following:

  • COPD
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Asthma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Supplemental Oxygen

Lung Disorders and Diseases: Many types of lung problems require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we have provided a brief overview.

  • Signs of Respiratory Distress
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Pulmonary Emphysema
  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Interstitial Lung Diseases / Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Occupational Lung Diseases
  • Pneumonia
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Sarcoidosis
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  • Tuberculosis

Areas of Services

  • Airways Disorder Clinic
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diagnostic Testing (PFT, bronchoscopy, 6MWT, Spirometry, ABG)
  • General Pulmonary & Critical Care
  • Lung Transplant Evaluation
  • Performance Testing (Cardiopulmonary exercise testing)
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Evaluation
  • Sleep-Wake Center
  • PSG or sleep testing
  • MSLT
  • MWT
  • Actigraphy

The left side of the heart (left atrium) takes oxygenrich blood coming from your lungs and the left ventricle pumps this blood throughout your body. Since the left side of your heart has to pump blood such a great distance, the left side of your heart is designed to pump against a fairly high pressure. This pressure is easily measured with a blood pressure cuff and is called your blood pressure. When your blood pressure is too high, it is called systemic hypertension or simply, hypertension.

What Is Pulmonary Hypertension? To understand pulmonary hypertension (PH) it helps to understand how blood flows throughout your body. While the heart is one organ, it works like two pumps that are connected to one another. There is a left side and a right side of the heart, each with two different jobs.

After your blood has delivered oxygen to the tissues of your body, the blood needs to come back to the lungs to get more oxygen. It does this by returning the blood to the right side of the heart (right atrium) and then the right ventricle pumps the blood into your lungs, so the process can start over again. The blood does not need to travel very far to get from the right side of your heart to your lungs. Therefore, the right side of your heart pumps against less pressure than the left side of your heart. The right side of your heart is therefore normally a low-pressure system. The pressure that the right side of your heart is pumping against is called your pulmonary pressure. When this pressure is too high, it is called pulmonary hypertension (PH). How the pressure in the right side of your heart is measured will be discussed in a later section.

How is Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Diagnosed?

Because the different kinds of pulmonary hypertension are treated differently, it is important that your health care provider takes the time and orders the necessary tests to find out what kind of pulmonary hypertension you have. You can help your health care provider in diagnosing your condition by telling them what kind of symptoms you are having and if there is any worsening of these symptoms. For example: Let your health care provider know if you notice any of the following:

  • Increased shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling like you might faint
  • Fainting
  • Chest Pain
  • Heart Palpitations (feeling like your heart is racing or pounding)
  • Increased swelling of your Feet, Legs or Belly
  • Your lips and/or fingers turn blue

If your health care provider thinks you may have PAH, they will order tests to see if there is a strain on the right side of your heart. Usually the first test they order will be an ultrasound of your heart (echocardiogram). If the echocardiogram shows the pressure on the right side of your heart may be high, they may order a cardiac catheterization. During a cardiac catheterization, a rubber tube (catheter) is placed through a blood vessel into the chambers of your heart to measure the pressure in the right side of your heart. A cardiac catheterization is the best way to measure the blood pressure in the right side of your heart.