The experienced medical team at LibertyMed Health Group in Glendale, California, offers diagnostic and treatment services for lung disease. Physicians Ara Shafrazian, MD, and Arthur Babakhanians, MD, are skilled in evaluating the function of your lungs using in-house pulmonary function tests. They design a treatment plan that focuses on improving your breathing and protecting your long-term respiratory health. To find out more about treatment options available for lung disease, call LibertyMed Health Group, or request an appointment online today.

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What is lung disease?

Lung disease describes a group of disorders that affects the function of your lungs. The team at LibertyMed Health Group diagnoses and treats a variety of lung diseases including:

  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

The physicians are skilled in evaluating respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath, breathing difficulty, and a persistent cough.

What causes lung disease?

Your lungs move air in and out of your lungs to provide your body the oxygen it needs to function properly. Many factors can influence your risk of lung disease. One of the most common underlying causes of lung disease is smoking.

You may also be at increased risk of developing lung disease due to your family history or the environment where you live and work. Toxins like radon, asbestos, and air pollution can also play a role in lung disease.

How is lung disease diagnosed?

The team at LibertyMed Health Group takes time to evaluate your symptoms, review your medical history, and perform a physical exam. To rule out infections and other underlying issues that affect your breathing, your physician may order blood tests or a chest X-ray.

If your provider suspects a lung condition, you may need a pulmonary function test known as spirometry. This noninvasive test requires you to blow into a device that measures how much air you can breathe out, and how quickly.

How is lung disease treated?

Your LibertyMed Health Group provider customizes a treatment plan based on the type of lung disease you have and how far it has progressed. Some options for treatment include:


Asthma and other lung diseases may require short-acting medications like corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in your lungs or airways so you can breathe better. You may also need long-acting medications to prevent an asthma attack and other respiratory distress.

Pulmonary therapy

Practicing breathing exercises can strengthen your lung function and make it easier to breathe. You can also engage in certain physical exercises to increase your endurance.

Oxygen therapy

Oxygen therapy may be a part of your treatment to improve your breathing and sustain normal respiratory function.

The LibertyMed Health Group providers can also work with you on lifestyle changes, smoking cessation strategies, and dietary improvements to support long-term lung health and function.

If you experience shortness of breath or other symptoms of a lung disease, call LibertyMed Health Group or request an appointment online today.