Dr. Brad Raper is a Irving Texas Pulmonologist who is Board Certified by four boards:
- American Board of Internal Medicine
- American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
- American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine
- American Board of Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Dr. Raper joined Southwest Pulmonary Associates in 2015. Southwest Pulmonary Associates was founded in 1984 and has over 28 pulmonologist’s in the group.
Dr. Raper performs complete Pulmonary Function Tests in the office to aid in diagnosing and treating pulmonary and respiratory conditions. He offers Pulmonary and Critical Care services and invasive Bronchoscopy procedures, including Cryotherapy for tumors and foreign body retrieval. The group consults and follow patients at several long term acute care facilities in the area for ventilator weaning and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
If you are suffering from any of the following conditions contact Dr. Raper with Southwest Pulmonary Associates today:
- Asthma – Your airways are persistently inflamed, and may occasionally spasm, causing wheezing and shortness of breath. Allergies, infections and pollution can trigger asthma’s symptoms.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – This is a lung condition that causes the inability to exhale normally, which in return causes difficulty in breathing.
- Chronic Bronchitis – Is a form of COPD characterized by a chronic productive cough.
- Emphysema – A form of COPD where air is trapped in the lungs making it difficult to blow air out.
- Acute Bronchitis – Infection of the airways usually acquired by a virus.
- Cystic Fibrosis – A genetic condition causing poor clearance of mucus from the bronchi causing repeated lung infections.
- Pneumonia – Usually caused by a bacteria. Pneumonia is an infection of the alveoli.
- Tuberculosis – A progressive pneumonia, which is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
- Emphysema – Usually caused by smoking resulting from damage to the fragile connections between alveoli. Emphysema limits airflow, affecting the airways.
- Pulmonary Edema – Characterized when fluid leaks out of the small blood vessels of the lung into the air sacs and surrounding area. Often caused by heart failure and backpressure in the lungs’ blood vessels causing direct injury to the lung causes the leak of fluid.
- Lung Cancer – Can develop in any part of the lungs and comes in many forms.
- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) – This is a severe, sudden injury to the lungs caused by a serious illness. Ventilation for life support is usually needed to survive until the lungs recover.
- Pneumoconiosis – Usually caused by the inhalation of a substance that injures the lungs, such as, inhaled coal dust or asbestosis dust.
- Pulmonary Embolism (PE) – Occurs when a blood clot usually in a deep leg vein breaks off and travels to the heart and then pumped into the lungs. The clot will usually lodge in a pulmonary artery, causing shortness of breath and low blood oxygen levels.
- Pulmonary Hypertension – Several conditions can lead to high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries, causing shortness of breath and chest pain.
- Pleural Effusion– Usually caused by pneumonia or heart failure fluid will collect in the tiny pleura space between the lung and chest wall. This can impair breathing, and should be drained.
- Pneumothorax – Is caused by air entering the space between the chest wall and the lung, collapsing the lung. In order to remove the air, a tube is inserted through the chest wall; thereby, releasing the air.
- Mesothelioma – This is a rare form of cancer that forms on the pleura. Mesothelioma emerges decades after asbestos exposure.