The Knoxville Hospital & Clinics (KHC) is pleased to announce the expansion of the pulmonary program with the addition of pulmonologist, Dr. Neil Horning and Angela Beckel, DNP, ARNP, to their specialty clinics.

With 12 years of pulmonary experience working with Dr. Horning, Angela obtained her doctorate of nursing from the University of Iowa and sees patients weekly in Knoxville in addition to her Des Moines clinic.

As a pulmonary disease specialist, Angela possesses specialized knowledge and skill in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary (lung) conditions and diseases, including asthma, chest infections, chronic cough, chronic shortness of breath, COPD, emphysema, lung cancer screening/treatment, pneumonia, and smoking cessation.

With the addition of the pulmonology team, KHC now provides pulmonary function tests to patients of all ages, both inpatient and outpatient.

Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are non-invasive and painless diagnostic tests designed to measure the amount of air in the lungs, and how the lungs function by moving air in and out. All tests are performed by licensed respiratory therapists who are registered or certified in pulmonary function testing. PFTs are commonly used to help diagnose and treat patients with asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, shortness of breath and other lung diseases.

Another way for people to take charge of their lung health is to have a lung cancer screening – a yearly preventive health check, like a mammogram or a colonoscopy. During this screening, a low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scan takes a 3D image of your lungs and is looking for lung nodules. The type of scan uses 75% less radiation than a regular CT scan and does not require any needles.

A yearly LDCT screening is recommended if you meet the following criteria:

• You are ages 55 to 77 years old

• Are currently smoking or have quit within the past 15 years

• Are a heavy smoker or used to be a heavy smoker

Medicare and most private insurance plans will cover the screening if you meet the above criteria.

Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer in American men and women. It is also the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and the world. More people in America die from lung cancer alone than prostate, breast and colon cancers combined.

Early detection of lung cancer through CT screening of people at high risk of lung cancer has been shown to decrease lung cancer deaths by 20 percent. If caught early, lung cancer can be curable.

For more information on the lung cancer screening, visit with your healthcare provider. For treatment of pulmonary conditions and diseases, please call 641-842-1555 to schedule an appointment with Angela Beckel.

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