Pulmonology

Our pulmonologists offer expert advice on all things related to the respiratory tract.

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Asthma: it can be controlled

Do you know enough about asthma? Find out with this infographic.

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Treating pneumonia

Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, but proper treatment can greatly improve outcomes for most patients. We speak to a Mediclinic pulmonologist about the symptoms, causes and best treatment for different types of pneumonia.

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Exercise and asthma

Exercise is a common trigger for asthma symptoms, but asthma shouldn’t be a reason to avoid exercise. Proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan can help asthma sufferers enjoy the many benefits of appropriate exercise.

Conditions

Can your body heal after smoking?

Need a reason to quit smoking? A Mediclinic pulmonologist explains how long it takes to recover.

Healthy Life

How the lungs work

Ever wondered how your lungs work? With a total of 2 400km of airways running through both your lungs, they have a large job to do keeping you breathing and your blood oxygenated. Here’s a closer look.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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Are you having a pulmonary embolism?

Probably not. But that nagging cough that you have might be a cold, or it might be something far more serious. To make sure you know the difference, learn the symptoms and risk factors for pulmonary embolism.

Healthy Life

Why should you give up smoking?

There are many reasons why people claim that they can’t (or won’t) give up smoking. They say it relaxes them; it gives their restless hands something to do; it even replaces food sometimes when they’d rather not risk gaining a kilo…

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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Expert Articles

Treatment or cure? An approach to cystic fibrosis

What do you do when you’re faced with a disease or condition that can’t be cured? Dr Ignatius Immink of Mediclinic George, who recently worked with a cystic fibrosis patient, recommends changing the focus from searching – breathlessly – for a cure, and looking at treatment instead.

Expert Articles

Every breath you take

Without realising it, most of us take between 12 and 20 breaths per minute. But what happens when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and your lungs can’t function

Conditions

Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis

Dr Dalene von Delt talks about multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, from which she has fully recovered.

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