Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders
Pulmonology & Sleep Disorders
Pulmonologists are physicians who are specially trained to diagnose and treat diseases of the lungs and respiratory system.
What is Pulmonology?
Pulmonology is the division of medicine concerned with diseases and disorders of the lungs and respiratory system. Pulmonologists deal with complex pulmonary problems.
Pulmonary Function Tests
Pulmonologists will usually conduct Pulmonary Function Tests in order to measure how well the lungs function and transfer oxygen to the blood.
Three tests are commonly used to detect Pulmonary disorders including:
Spirometry Test – This test measures how well the lungs exhale air. It can be used to diagnose obstructive lung diseases such as asthma and COPD. The test is conducted by having the patient breathe into a mouthpiece that is connected to a spirometer. The spirometer measures the amount of air and the rate at which it is inhaled and exhaled. Usually the test is conducted by breathing normally into the spirometer but in some cases more forced breathing is required.
Body Plethysmograph – This test measures lung volume, which can help detect restrictive lung disease. The patient is asked to sit in a clear booth and breathe in and out into a mouthpiece. The pressure inside the box changes allowing lung volume to be determined.
Diffusion Capacity Test – This test is used to determine how well oxygen is transferred from the lungs to the bloodstream. The test is conducted by having the patient breathe in carbon monoxide for a very short amount of time. When the patient exhales, the amount to carbon monoxide is measured. The amount of carbon monoxide inhaled is compared to the amount exhaled to determine how well gas is moving from the lungs into the blood.
How to keep your lungs healthy:
- Don’t smoke – Not smoking or quitting if you are a smoker is the number one way to keep your lungs healthy.
- Pay attention to symptoms of lung disease – Symptoms such as chronic cough or shortness of breath can be warning signs of lung disease.
- Talk to your physician – If you experience any symptoms of lung disease make your doctor aware of them. Early detection is important.
- Breath clean air – Many lung conditions can be caused by secondhand smoke or pollution. Asthma is often triggered by an allergic reaction, so asthma sufferers should avoid the outdoors on days when the allergen counts are high.
Slocum-Dickson’s Board Certified Pulmonologist
Dr. Antonevich is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. She provides treatment for pulmonary conditions such as: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (chronic bronchitis, emphysema), asthma, interstitial lung disease, diagnosis and screening for lung cancer, as well as sleep disorders including: Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Dr. Antonevich completed her Sleep Medicine Fellowship at Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education, Center for Sleep Disorders Treatment Research and Education, JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ. She completed her Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship and Internal Medicine Residency program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Cabrini Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Antonevich earned her Medical Degree from Donetsk State Medical University in Ukraine. She has over 9 years of experience in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine.
Pulmonology Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants
Bonnie Casanova, FNP-C works with Dr. Antonevich caring for pulmonary patients. Bonnie received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Alfred State College and her Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY Institute of Technology. She completed the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Community General Hospital in Syracuse. Bonnie is nationally certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Procedures & Services
Pulmonary conditions such as:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (chronic bronchitis, emphysema)
- Interstitial lung disease
- Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Screening
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Pulmonary Sequestration
Sleep Disorders including:
- Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea