Pulmonary Care

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

 At Long Island Community Hospital, our pulmonary medicine team are experts at diagnosing and treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Our pulmonologists specialize in treating mild, moderate and severe COPD and offer comprehensive care to manage this chronic condition.

Two of the most common conditions that contribute to COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Our pulmonary team of specialists and respiratory therapists collaborate with other specialists throughout the hospital to provide quality, comprehensive care for patients with emphysema and other COPD related conditions.

If your doctor suspects you might have COPD, we may use a variety of tests to diagnose your condition including:

  • spirometry
  • chest X-ray
  • CT scan
  • arterial blood gas testing

We can help you manage your symptoms of COPD and improve your quality of life. In particular, if you are experiencing an exacerbation of your symptoms, our pulmonary team is there to help.

COPD treatments may include:

  • medications, such as:
    • nebulizer treatments
    • steroid administration
    • antibiotic administration
  • Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) support
  • surgery (for some patients with advanced lung disease)

Therapy for patients with moderate or severe COPD, may include:

  • oxygen therapy
  • pulmonary rehabilitation, which range from 24 to 36 sessions
  • Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) therapy

Long Island Community Hospital also offers smoking cessation classes to help patients with COPD quit smoking, an essential step in potentially slowing the progression of the condition and improving your ability to breath.