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The Right Place to Start Breathing Easier

When you have a condition that makes breathing difficult, it can weigh on your body, mind and spirit. At AdventHealth Tampa, our pulmonologists can help. Whether you’re facing asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, lung cancer or another pulmonary illness, we’ll combine pulmonary expertise with compassionate care to treat your unique condition.

In addition to offering advanced respiratory therapy techniques combined with personalized care, our pulmonologists will give you exercises, education, resources and support to help you along the road to recovery.

Our Comprehensive Pulmonary Care Program

At AdventHealth, we provide leading-edge diagnostics and treatments through our pulmonary program for diseases related to the lungs, bronchial tubes, upper respiratory tract and heart. Because lung and breathing disorders can cross multiple specialties, our pulmonologists work across disciplines with other experts as needed on your treatment plan to ensure you receive the most comprehensive care possible — care that’s personalized to you and your unique condition, needs and preferences.

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Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is when the muscles in your throat relax more than normal while sleeping, blocking your airway. When this happens, you stop breathing. When your brain realizes it's not getting enough oxygen, it wakes you up to reopen the airway. These disruptions to your sleep cycle — sometimes dozens of times a night — can leave you exhausted.

Untreated OSA can lead to problems beyond snoring and feeling wiped out, like high blood pressure, heart attack or even stroke. Treatment can involve lifestyle changes like weight loss, wearing a mask to keep your airway open or surgery.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

Medical Minute: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Lara Wittine, MD, FCCP, discusses options for diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea, including home sleep testing and testing in AdventHealth Tampa's onsite sleep lab.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

Medical Minute: Sleep Apnea Treatments

If you're experiencing snoring or disrupted sleep, Lara Wittine, MD, FCCP, explains available sleep apnea treatment options.

Inspire® Therapy for Sleep Apnea

Medical Minute: Inspire Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

Pulmonologist Dr. Lara Wittine shares insights about mask-free Inspire® therapy for OSA. Inspire® is the only FDA-approved treatment for OSA that works inside your body, treating the root cause of sleep apnea with the click of a button.

Compassionate Support at Every Step

Before, during and after your pulmonary care, you’ll have a world of support at AdventHealth Tampa through these programs and more.

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  • Sleep Care

    Trust your expert care team to help you find relief from sleep disorders and discover a better night’s rest.

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    We combine exercise, support and education to help improve your quality of life if you’re living with a chronic lung condition like asthma, emphysema or cystic fibrosis.

  • Heart and Vascular Care

    Our Pepin Heart Institute uses advanced treatments and whole-person care to treat chronic conditions like heart failure and urgent needs like a heart attack.

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery Care

    Find peace of mind and a stronger body with the help of our experienced and compassionate neurology specialists and neurosurgeons.

Lifesaving Technology: Dr. Swanson Explains ECMO

Our experienced pulmonary team at AdventHealth Tampa offers extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which is a bypass process that adds oxygen to the blood of patients whose lungs are too diseased to work well. Patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) who don’t respond to other therapies may be candidates for ECMO. ECMO may also help patients with refractory hypoxemia caused by an acute respiratory condition like asthma, aspiration pneumonitis, viral/bacterial pneumonia, pulmonary embolism or other respiratory condition.

Hear more about ECMO from Dr. Swanson, or for more information, please call Call813-615-7777.

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Expert Pulmonologists You Can Count On

When you need help breathing easier, turn to us. Our respiratory practitioners can diagnose, treat and manage your symptoms — whatever your condition — and get you back to living the life you love.

Get Started With Care to Help You Thrive Again

Your search for a pulmonologist near you can end here at AdventHealth Tampa. Let our experienced and compassionate specialists design a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs and goals, so you can start feeling like yourself again.