Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD, usually caused by cigarette smoking or long-term exposure to other lung irritants, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are considered COPD.
Carilion’s Virginia COPD program includes:
- Diagnosis and management of breathing disorders related mostly to cigarette smoking, but also due to other exposures, such as wood stoves
- Pulmonary Function Testing to include evaluation of the capacity of the lungs to exchange oxygen
- Evaluation of the response to bronchodilator therapy
- Assessments for the need of oxygen therapy