Pulmonary ServicesAt Kentucky Pulmonary Associates (KPA), we offer a wide variety of pulmonary services for our patients.
Office visits include a patient assessment which entails a physical assessment. This assessment reviews all all aspects of the patient’s health status including gathering pertinent past medical history, family history, social history, physical assessments.
Physical Assessments are performed by our qualified physicians or nurse practitioners and are important to determine the proper plan of care for our patients.
Kentuckiana Pulmonary Associates (KPA) outpatient clinics:
Louisville, KY (Downtown Louisville)
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Jeffersonville, IN (Clark Memorial Hospital)
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Scottsburg, IN (Scott Memorial Hospital)
Bardstown, KY (Flaget Memorial Hospital)
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New Albany, IN (Baptist Health Floyd)
Chest X-Rays (Radiology)
A chest X-ray is a fast and painless imaging test which uses electromagnetic waves to create pictures of the structures in and around your chest. It is a common way to diagnose disease. It can help monitor or diagnose conditions such as pneumonia, heart failure, lung cancer, tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, and some lung tissue scarring such as fibrosis. It is also commonly used to detect abnormalities in the lungs. At Kentucky Pulmonary Associates (KPA,) we perform our chest X-rays on site, at select office locations.
Pulse Oximetry is a non-invasive method used for measuring the oxygen saturation of arterial blood by utilizing a small sensor attached typically to a finger, toe, or sometimes forehead. It is used to determine the percentage of oxyhemoglobin in blood pulsating through a network of capillaries.
6-Minute Walk Test
The 6-MWT is an easy and practical test used to assess patients with a variety of cardiopulmonary diseases. It simply measures the distance a patient can walk on a flat, hard surface in a period of 6 minutes while measuring their oxygen saturation.
An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test which checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. It shows the heart’s electrical activity in a tracing on paper.
Specialized Pulmonary Services
KPA is a Pulmonary Hypertension Center of Comprehensive Care and Alpha-1 Certified Center.
Sleep Consultation and Sleep Interpretations
Sleep is an essential need for normal, healthy function of the body. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders each year, and approximately 20 million experience occasional sleep problems. Sleep Apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from seconds to minutes and may occur up to 30 times or more an hour. Sometimes, loud snoring or choking sounds can be associated with sleep apnea.
Kentuckiana Pulmonary Associates (KPA) has three (3) Board Certified sleep physicians who can provide sleep consultations and sleep interpretations. These physicians are Dr. Zaka Khan, Dr. Josephine Mei, and Dr. Rahel Teferra. Our nurse practitioners also see sleep patients.
Initial sleep consultation may be performed at one of our office locations, then a sleep study ordered at either a sleep center or a home sleep study may be ordered. An overnight sleep study may be done in partnership with several sleep labs throughout the region including:
- American Sleep Medicine Website
- Clark Memorial Hospital Sleep Center (Indiana) Website
- Norton Audubon Sleep Center Website
- Norton Brownsboro Sleep Center
- Flaget Memorial Sleep Center (Bardstown, KY) Website
If a home study is ordered, it will be conducted in-home in partnership with one of the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) companies we partner with. A sleep study recorder will be supplied to record a sleep session in your home for your convenience, and one of our KPA sleep physicians will interpret the results.