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By: Belind a M.
El Paso Pulmonary Association
Dr. Gonsalez is thorough. I switch my husband to him in early 2000's Dr. Gonsalez referred to gastro Dr. Ramirez-colonoscopy done polp found with base becoming cancerous. Dr. Gonsalez was thorough and referred him to specialist therefore saving his life.
By: Jose O.
El Paso Pulmonary Association
The doctors' office has evolved with the times, and very well. Dr. Armendariz is an excellent doctor, has been mine for 16 years. And the staff is wonderful too. I always get very good care from Dr. Armendariz and his staff. And they are very efficient.
By: Marilyn S.
El Paso Pulmonary Association
I have always liked coming here. Especially when I'm not feeling well because I was having trouble breathing. Was attended by staff and Dr Quezada with professionalism. I would recommend my doctor Tops!
By: J o s e B.
El Paso Pulmonary Association
Gracias a todo el personal porque es muy amable y me hablan para recordarme de mi cita y Dr Quesada por su paciencia y lo que se preocupar por sus pacientes. Exelente medico.
By: Ashley S.
El Paso Pulmonary Association
Thank you so much to everybody for caring about my health. I am very grateful to Dr Armendariz for taking care of my health and explain me everything I need to know.
By: Lucy P.
El Paso Pulmonary Association
Your staff is excellent and Dr. Quesada is very good doctor and friendly. I recommend very much. Employees are professional with good service. Excellent feedback.
By: Anastasia P.
El Paso Pulmonary Association
Everyone treats me wonderful. Everyone is so caring and treats me with so much respect and understanding. Always answer my concerns. I love my doctor, Dr. Hatem!
By: Nancy K.
El Paso Pulmonary Association
One year ago I was very ill and coughed for more than 6 months with no cure. Dr. Fernandez adjusted my meds and I have been free of symptoms since then.
By: Guadalupe D.
El Paso Pulmonary Association
Pienso que fue muy explisito el Dr. Fernandez. Todo el personal amable y sobre todo el tiempo en la oficina consutoria muy bueno no tardado. Gracias!
By: Connie G.
El Paso Pulmonary Association
Thank you Dr. Anchondo, I was seen very quickly, no long wait. Everyone was polite and professional, very prompt, efficient, and courteous Thank you!
Tips & Advices
The cost to see a pulmonologist can vary depending on several factors, starting with the cost of the appointment. This can range from around $50 on up, depending on location, etc.  You will likely have to take, at a minimum, a spirometry test which records the rate and amounts of air inhaled and exhaled. This initial test is used to diagnose lung conditions. From there your doctor may have to have more tests to further diagnose your condition. If you are paying out-of-pocket, you can expect a minimum cost of your office visit and spirometry test. Obviously additional tests, severity of condition, and other variables can influence your cost. Pulmonologists are usually billable under most insurance plans, but consult your policy or insurance representative to understand what your plan covers.
Pneumonia is an infection of one or both of the lungs. There is no singular cause of pneumonia, making it a common and dangerous ailment. There are more than 30 germs, bacteria and viruses that can cause it. The usual symptoms of pneumonia include coughing with phlegm, fever and chills and difficulty breathing.  The air sacs in the lungs may fill with fluid and this is when it can be very dangerous and potentially fatal. Pneumonia is especially dangerous in infants, people older than 65, and people with reduced immunity. It is usually treatable with antibiotics and over the counter medicines and can sometimes be prevented with vaccines.
Cystic Fibrosis, or CF, is a genetically-inherited progressive respiratory disease that damages the lungs and digestive systems. As the disease progresses, frequent infections limit and reduce the ability to breathe. The defective gene causes production and buildup of thick mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs, due to a defective gene that produces a protein called the CFTR. Symptoms may include frequent lung infection, a persistent cough that produces thick mucus, breathlessness, intolerance to exercise, and frequently inflamed sinuses or nasal passages. Due to the seriousness of CF, it is standard now for all newborns to be screened for it. CF is a life-threatening disease that can be treated to ease the symptoms, but ultimately cannot be cured.
Bronchitis is an illness caused by a viral infection in which the lining of the bronchial tubes in the lungs become inflamed, causing reduces airflow capabilities to and from the lungs. Primary symptoms of bronchitis and acute bronchitis are chronic or persistent cough, and coughing up mucus. These can also be symptomatic of other respiratory conditions, so be sure get a correct diagnosis from your physician. Bronchitis is easily treatable and can take a few days or even weeks to fully recover depending on the strength of the strain, time of diagnosis and the person’s health and recovery abilities. You can treat bronchitis on your own without medical attention, assuming it is not an extreme condition.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted or stopped during sleep. Sleep apnea can be dangerous because the lack of breathing deprives the body and brain of crucial oxygen. Symptoms of sleep apnea may include loud snoring and feeling tired, even after a full night’s sleep. These can also be symptoms of other respiratory conditions, and even be harmless coincidences, so be sure to consult your physician for clarity and proper diagnosis. Age and obesity are primary risk factors for sleep apnea and it is more common in men. Sleep apnea treatments include lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, and the use of breathing assistance (CPAP) machines at night.

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