Comprehensive respiratory care in South Denver

Respiratory (breathing) disorders are serious medical conditions. In fact, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. At Sky Ridge Medical Center, our pulmonary specialists provide expert diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering from chronic and acute lung conditions.

Find a pulmonologist at Sky Ridge

Common respiratory conditions and diseases we treat

Our pulmonologists treat a wide range of respiratory disorders, including:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumonia

COPD and smoking

Smoking is the primary risk factor for COPD and the number one cause of lung cancer. According to the American Lung Association, about 90 percent of COPD-related deaths are caused by smoking.

Sky Ridge Medical Center offers lung cancer screenings, which aids in early detection of the disease. Call us at (720) 225-CARE to see if you qualify for a lung screening and to schedule your exam.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

At Sky Ridge, our team provides treatment for respiratory disorders that combines education with exercise in order to control symptoms and improve your tolerance of day-to-day activities. The primary goal of our pulmonary rehabilitation program is to help respiratory patients regain some of their independence and improve their overall quality of life. Pulmonary rehabilitation has been shown to reduce the number of doctor visits and time spent in hospitals.

For more information about pulmonary rehabilitation at Sky Ridge, please call (720) 225-1318.

Any person with lung disease should consider participating in pulmonary rehabilitation, including patients with asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and lung cancer. Additionally, people who have a history of smoking or who have undergone lung surgery may be good candidates for pulmonary rehabilitation.

Benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation may include:

  • Decrease in shortness of breath
  • Decrease in coughing and wheezing
  • Breathing better with new techniques
  • Increase in strength and endurance
  • Decrease in stress
  • Reduced hospital admissions/physician visits
  • Improvement in activities of daily living

You must meet the following requirements to participate in our pulmonary rehabilitation program:

  • A recommendation from your doctor
  • Chronic, but stable lung disease
  • A completed pulmonary function test
  • Shortness of breath with decreased daily activities
  • Expectation of measurable improvement
  • Physically able, motivated and willing

Our pulmonary rehabilitation program is located in the CardioPulmonary Center of Excellence in the Aspen Medical Office Building, Suite 106. Free valet parking is available at the entrance of the Aspen Building.

Teen vaping epidemic

Vaping has become a new epidemic for teens across America. Here in Colorado, we have the highest incidence of reported teen vaping. Learn more on how our staff at Sky Ridge is committed to providing educational resources and vaping-cessation support to our teens as part of our pediatric care program.