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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive inflammatory lung disease. It causes obstructed airflow from the lungs leading to large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. COPD is most often caused by smoking. It can also be caused by long-term exposure to lung irritants such as air pollution or dust… read more →

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic condition that causes liver disease and lung disease. Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a protein that is mostly produced in the liver. It helps to protect the lungs from neutrophil elastase, an enzyme that normally digests damaged or aging cells and bacteria to promote healing. Normally, alpha-1 antitrypsin trap and.. read more →

For the twelfth year in a row, Dr. Sigfredo Aldarondo was named “Best Pulmonary Doctor” in Orlando Life for 2014. Dr. Aldarondo has practiced pulmonary and critical care medicine in Central Florida since 1986. We are proud to have him as part of our Pulmonary Care of Central Florida family. Every year, Orlando Life recognizes.. read more →

Pulmonary hypertension is a progressive, quickly advancing disease. Currently there is no cure and, if left untreated, it can be life threatening. In fact, pulmonary hypertension can occur at any age and heart failure is common as the disease progresses. Luckily, it can be treated. What is Pulmonary Hypertension? Pulmonary hypertension is a specific type.. read more →

Did you know it’s been proven the survival rate for lung cancer is higher the earlier it’s detected? At stage one, the average 5-year survival rate is about 45 to 50 percent according to The American Cancer Society. The percentage drops to one percent once the patient reaches stage four. Although 50 percent of current.. read more →

Are you planning to attend a pulmonologist in the near future? Here are 10 of the most important questions to ask your pulmonary care team about your lung condition during your visit and subsequent treatment (if required). Do you suspect my symptoms are related to an obstructive lung issue, such as asthma or COPD, or.. read more →