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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
TAMPA, Brandon, and Wesley Chapel


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In our Tampa Bay practice, we also offer clinical trials for patients who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is a progressive lung disease in which the airways of the lungs become damaged and make it harder to breathe. Although this disease cannot be cured, the pulmonologists at Pulmonary & Sleep of Tampa Bay can give you the information and resources to properly manage it and improve your quality of life.

Our clinics use the latest, most effective treatments for the management of COPD. Infants and children also may suffer from COPD, or from allergies that can affect their breathing on a daily basis. The pediatric pulmonary specialists at Pulmonary and Sleep of Tampa Bay can treat your child for any pediatric pulmonary disorders and allow them to enjoy a healthy childhood.

Common questions about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a common, progressive lung disease that blocks airflow when you exhale, making it difficult to breathe. Chronic means long term and progressive means the disease will get worse over time.

The two main types of COPD are Chronis Bronchitis and Emphysema, both primarily caused by smoking. The lag between the beginning of smoking and the onset of COPD is about 10 years.


Is there a cure for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

There is no cure for COPD, but there are many ways COPD services can help relieve symptoms and help patients take control of their breathing.


What services and treatments does PSTB offer to COPD patients?

  1. Confirm diagnosis: including type and stage, comorbidities (presence of one or more diseases), and complications
  2. Provide nutrition, depression, and osteoporosis screenings
  3. Provide pulmonary rehabilitation
  4. Evaluate for sleep disorders
  5. Evaluate for lung reduction surgery and lung transplant
  6. Offer pharmacologic therapy and oxygen therapy
  7. Provide home monitoring with a wireless device for compliance with medications, oxygen use. This early and rapid intervention helps to prevent hospital readmission.


Why do I need Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease services?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease services help with:
  • Complex care patients who require treatment, education, and compliance
  • Monitoring and rehab
  • Providing optimal COPD medical care
  • Improving quality of life
  • Reducing hospital admissions


Who is a candidate for COPD services?

  • Smokers
  • People with chronic or increased coughing
  • People with shortness of breath
  • People with increased expectoration (spitting up/clearing out matter from the chest or lungs)


What services and treatments are included in COPD services?

  1. Confirm diagnosis: including type and stage, comorbidities (the presence of one or more disorders/diseases), and complications
  2. Perform Tests: PFT, spirometry, DLCO, 6-minute walk test, ABG, CXR, CT scan, bone scanblood test alpha 1 antitrypsine
  3. Assist with smoking cessation
  4. Provide nutrition, depression, and osteoporosis screening
  5. Provide pulmonary rehabilitation
  6. Evaluate for sleep disorders
  7. Evaluate for lung reduction surgery and lung transplant
  8. Offer pharmacologic therapy, oxygen therapy
  9. Provide revolutionary home monitoring for compliance with medications, oxygen use, for early and rapid intervention to prevent hospital readmission


What is unique about your clinic's treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

Pulmonary and Sleep of Tampa Bay is the only medical group in the area that is accredited by the Joint Commission. This means we’ve been recognized for our compliance with rigorous national performance standards that promote safe and quality health care. We provide COPD patients with individualized diagnoses, treatment, rehabilitation, and education at all stages of the disease. In addition, we offer home monitoring with a wireless device for any signs of sudden or intense changes.

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