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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition that makes it progressively harder to breathe. It manifests as either chronic bronchitis or emphysema and is often the result of smoking. Symptoms may include cough, shortness of breath, wheezing and recurrent respiratory tract infections.

At the Atlantic Respiratory Institute, our pulmonary experts are trained to identify COPD in its earliest stages, so that appropriate treatment can begin sooner, improving long-term outcomes.

COPD Diagnostic Tests

COPD Treatment Options

  • Medications, including anti-inflammatories, steroids and bronchodilators or inhalers
  • Supplemental oxygen
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Surgery, including volume reduction procedures and lung transplantation for severe cases
  • Smoking cessation and lifestyle changes

Co-existing medical conditions, such as depression, heart disease, lung cancer, osteoporosis and sleep apnea, are common in patients with COPD and require additional attention to manage symptoms.

Home Care Services for COPD

Atlantic Home Care works closely with Atlantic Respiratory Institute to provide COPD management services in the comfort of patients’ homes, so they can prevent or postpone hospitalizations. The program’s home health aides use TeleHealth technology to monitor each patient's status on a daily basis and based on results, will recommend medications, exercises or lifestyle changes to minimize COPD symptoms.