There is no cure for COPD. However, early detection and treatment makes managing COPD symptoms easier and keeps it from progressing. You’ll receive a thorough evaluation from one of our skilled pulmonologists to ensure a precise diagnosis and effective treatment plan.
Traditional medications used to treat mild to severe COPD:
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If you smoke, you will be advised to stop immediately. Our doctors can provide pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic tools to help you quit.
5 simple lifestyle changes that can help you manage and prevent COPD symptoms:
- Quitting smoking
- Eating healthy
- Exercising regularly
- Controlling stress
- Avoiding environmental irritants
If you have moderate to severe hypoxemia (low level of oxygen in the blood), when at rest or with exertion, your doctor may prescribe long-term oxygen therapy. Oxygen is fed through a mask or nasal prongs to help with shortness of breath.
Medicare guidelines state that patients are eligible for oxygen therapy if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Their oxygen saturation is less than 88%.
- Their PaO2 is less than 55 mm Hg.
Long-term oxygen therapy has proven to be highly effective in:
- Protecting patient’s heart and organs from damage
- Improving sleep
- Reducing fatigue
- Increasing longevity
COPD Support Program
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at UC San Diego Health System is a unique lung disease education and support program that helps restore the quality of life for those with chronic breathing problems. Ask your physician if you're eligible to participate.
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