Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Cigarette Smoking Cessation Program

How long does it take to schedule a new patient appointment for an evaluation and treatment of COPD and cigarette smoking cessation?

Typically only a couple of days. If you pay out of pocket we can see you in the next business day. If you want to use your insurance it may take 3-5 days.

Do you accept new patients with COPD and for cigarette smoking cessation?

Yes, we do. We ask to bring available reports, blood tests from other providers and a current regiment of medications.

Do you routinely screen for COPD and cigarette smoking in the office?

Yes, we administer a thorough questionnaire to fully assess your desire to quit smoking cigarettes, do a physical exam to detect wheezing in the lungs and perform a measurement of the lungs volume through a breathing test called Spirometry. To assess the extent of lung damage and screen for lung cancer we perform a lung X-Ray or a CAT scan depending on the circumstances.

What causes a COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease characterized by chronic obstruction of lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing and is not fully reversible. The more familiar terms ‘chronic bronchitis’ and ’emphysema’ are no longer used but are now included within the COPD diagnosis.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. In fact, smoking causes about 90 percent of COPD cases. However, up to 25 percent of people with COPD have never smoked. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants—such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dusts—also may contribute to COPD.

Who is most affected by COPD?

Globally, COPD affects approximately 65 million people. COPD most commonly occurs in people who are over age 40 and who have a history of smoking. Various factors may contribute to the development of COPD, including prolonged exposure to air pollutants and dust.

What are the most common consequences of COPD and cigarette smoking?

Breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production and wheezing. People with COPD and cigarette smokers are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other conditions.

Is life expectancy affected by COPD and cigarette smoking?

COPD is associated with only a modest reduction in life expectancy for never smokers, but with a very large reduction for current and former smokers. In former smokers, the reductions are 1.4 years and 5.6 years for stage 2 and stage 3 or 4 diseases, and in never smokers they are 0.7 and 1.3 years.

Can your lungs recover from cigarette smoking?

The lungs will get better in weeks to months. Breathing will get better. But if you have been smoking a long time and have developed COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis or emphysema, the lungs never totally heal.

How frequently do you typically need to follow up after a start of cigarette smoking cessation program?

We recommend coming about once a week for the first four weeks, then every other week for one month, then once a month for three months, then as needed.

How frequently do you typically need to follow up for a well-controlled COPD care?

Well controlled COPD without complications and side effects from the medications usually requires 5-6 office visits a year. We typically perform a physical examination, check lung volumes to get an objective measure of COPD status, review and adjust medications and administer vaccines for flu and pneumonia prevention.

What is the best course of action for patients with COPD and cigarette smoking?

  • Quit Smoking
  • Start Exercising
  • Ditch the Junk Food
  • Practice Good Hygiene
  • Take Your Medication
  • Use Your Oxygen
  • Avoid Your COPD Triggers
  • Prioritize Rest
  • Improve the Air Quality in Your Home
  • Avoid Stress
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