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A Brief Overview of Pulmonary Diseases and Conditions

9 Sep

An attending physician at Respiratory Consultants of Houston, PA, Kenneth Scott Lloyd, MD, provides high quality care to his patients. As a pulmonologist, Dr. Kenneth Scott Lloyd uses his extensive experience to treat diseases and conditions associated with the respiratory tract, including the chest and lungs.

Pulmonary diseases are often associated with chest pain or coughing and trouble breathing. Less commonly, patients may experience headaches, pain in the arm or shoulder, and joint pain, as well. Pulmonary diseases are often diagnosed through testing of the patient’s ability to forcefully blow out air, an examination of their medical history, or through chest X-rays and CT scans. Common pulmonary diseases and disorders include pneumonia, asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, and sleep apnea.

Obstructive lung disease is one of two major classifications of pulmonary diseases and is commonly caused by asthma, cystic fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Obstructive lung disease is associated with shortness of breath and difficulty exhaling air from the body due to narrowed airways or damage to the lungs. Breathing often becomes especially difficult for patients with obstructive lung diseases during physical exercise or exertion. Pulmonary diseases may also be classified as restrictive lung diseases, in which the lungs are unable to completely expand and fill with air. Restrictive lung disease is often caused by obesity, scoliosis, interstitial lung disease, or neuromuscular disease. Patients with restrictive lung disease typically experience stiffness in the chest wall or the lungs and weakened muscles.

Guiding Principles of Compassionate Patient Care By Kenneth Scott Lloyd, MD

10 Jul

Compassionate patient care—the “art” of medicine—involves combining medical expertise with a bedside manner that instills confidence in a physician’s work. While compassion may be more difficult to measure than technical competence, researchers agree that it can have very real financial effects on health care providers: those who practice compassionate care are likely to see higher patient satisfaction and retention rates.

Physicians who practice compassionate care follow a few guiding principles. Chief among these is the principle that patients must be treated as individuals and as humans, not as diseases. Further, MDs must work to improve patients’ overall health, which includes reducing levels of stress that may result from impersonal or belittling care. In addition to providing highly competent care, compassionate doctors must respect the privacy and dignity of their patients regardless of their conditions, and must put the health and safety of their patients at the top of their list of concerns.

About the author:

Dr. K. Scott Lloyd serves as a Pulmonologist at Respiratory Consultants of Houston, where he and his colleagues practice competent, compassionate patient care.

“The Hippocratic Oath, Then and Now,” by Dr. Kenneth Scott Lloyd

14 Dec

Since the 4th century BCE, the Hippocratic Oath has been part of most doctors’ educations. Although today’s doctors swear to a modern language version, the oath still upholds a set of ideal values for the physician.

The ancient version urges oath-takers to revere their teachers, pass on their medical knowledge to their sons, and prescribe healthful diets to patients. It also prohibits giving lethal drugs, even if patients ask for them, as well as banning sexual contact with them. The modern requirement for confidentiality finds its origins in the oath.

The most commonly used version today dates to 1964. Significant differences exist between the old and modern versions, reflecting the vast changes in medicine since Hippocrates’s time. For instance, the modern oath permits euthanasia, allows doctors to consult with other doctors, and recommends preventive medicine. Abortions are not mentioned in the 1964 oath, as they are in the first version. The ancient rule against doctors performing surgery obviously no longer applies.

Kenneth Scott Lloyd’s medical practice includes internal medicine and pulmonary disease. He is affiliated with Respiratory Consultants of Houston, P.A.