COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, actually describes a number
of conditions in which the lungs progressively become weaker as symptoms
like coughing, mucus buildup in the lungs, and shortness of breath become
more pronounced. Over time, COPD can cause a wide range of complications,
which may include critical conditions that can diminish an individual’s
quality of life. That’s why it is important to focus on COPD treatment
to reduce symptoms and help you stay active. Below you will see the treatment
modalities utilized for COPD, which can also help to improve other conditions.
Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of COPD, so quitting will
be the first step in your care if you still smoke. You may also need to
participate in other lifestyle changes, including dietary changes with
smaller, more frequent meals and low-impact physical activity.
Most medicine prescribed for COPD will be intended for the long-term management
of symptoms, though fast-acting medication may be necessary for more serious
cases. In addition to medication to relax the airways and improve breathing,
your doctor might recommend regular vaccination against the flu and pneumonia.
With advanced COPD, you may have low levels of oxygen in the blood. Oxygen
therapy will deliver more oxygen to the lungs, allowing you to participate
in more of the activities you enjoy.
While pulmonary rehabilitation will vary for different patients, it is
often an essential component of care for COPD. Rehabilitation will take
place under the supervision of a team of specialists, and it might include
psychological counseling, nutritional counseling, physical exercise, and
various breathing exercises.
At Sister Emmanuel Hospital, we are developing a
comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program in Miami with guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Cardiovascular
and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Because more than 50% of our patients seeking
long-term care have respiratory disease, we are invested in providing
specialized care to improve clinical outcomes for every case. To learn
more about us, call (305) 285-2939 and speak with one of our registered nurses.