Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

There’s little as frightening and frustrating as having trouble breathing. At INTEGRIS, our multidisciplinary team will do everything in their power to help you breathe easier.

Breathing shouldn't be this difficult.

Defining COPD

It's known by a few different names. Whether you know it as emphysema, chronic bronchitis or its more accurate title, accurate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it's now the third leading cause of death in the United States.

COPD can be a crippling disease that occurs in smokers and in people who have been exposed to second hand smoke and air pollution. It causes shortness of breath, cough, mucous production, and exercise intolerance.

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There's little as frightening and frustrating as having trouble breathing. This shortness of breath, cough and mucus can turn normal activities into major obstacles for people with COPD. Things like walking up a flight of stairs, minor exercise or regular activities of daily living can become very difficult. But many people with COPD go undiagnosed.

At INTEGRIS, we're dedicated to helping you breathe easier, with a multi-discipline team that will do everything in their power to treat your breathing problem and fight diseases of your lungs and airways.

Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

The primary symptom of COPD is that breathing is very difficult. There are a variety of other conditions that can cause difficulty breathing, and shortness of breath can also be a sign of a heart attack, so it's important to talk with your doctor or a medical professional. COPD symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chronic cough
  • Fatigue

At INTEGRIS, treatment for your COPD is led by a specialized team of physicians and respiratory therapists, with the latest in diagnosis, treatment and technological advances. Since there is no cure for COPD, the goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to help you return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving your overall quality of life. Attaining these goals will help you live more comfortably by improving endurance, providing relief of symptoms, and preventing progression of the disease with minimal side effects. Methods used to reach these goals include:

  • Medication Management
  • Exercise: To decrease respiratory symptoms, improve muscle strength, endurance and physical conditioning.
  • Respiratory Treatments: To improve breathing ability.
  • Oxygen: Assistance with obtaining respiratory equipment and portable oxygen.
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): Methods to increase independence with activities of daily living (ADLs).
  • Stress Management: Including relaxation exercises and emotional support.
  • Smoking Cessation Programs
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Patient and Family Education and Counseling
  • Vocational Counseling

Our pulmonary rehabilitation programs at INTEGRIS help you by creating individualized plans and education, so you can do more things you enjoy. Support services include:

  • Stress management, relaxation exercises and emotional support
  • Medication management
  • Exercises for physical conditioning programs
  • Assistance with obtaining respiratory equipment and portable oxygen
  • Lung medication
  • Infection control
  • Oxygen and equipment

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