WellStar’s comprehensive and integrated treatment for COPD has achieved significantly lower mortality rates than the national average. This achievement places WellStar in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the United States in COPD and pneumonia care.
COPD treatment options include:
- Smoking cessation, because smoking is the leading cause of COPD.
- Oxygen therapy, when appropriate, to help patients:
- live longer
- manage tasks or activities with fewer symptoms
- protect their hearts and other organs from damage
- sleep more during the night
- improve alertness during the day
- Medications, which include:
- Bronchodilators which are usually taken using an inhaler, relax and open the muscles around your airways, making breathing easier.
- Inhaled steroids, which may reduce swelling in the airways for people with moderate to severe COPD.
- Flu and pneumonia vaccines are important for people with COPD, who are at higher risk of developing complications with both diseases.
- Pulmonary rehabilitation does not cure COPD, but it can teach you to breathe in a different way so you can stay active and improve your quality of life. Rehabilitation services include exercise, disease management and nutritional and psychological counseling.
- Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is sometimes necessary to remove damaged tissue from the lungs.
- Treatment of sleep disorders can help with symptoms of COPD as well. WellStar Windy Hill Hospital Sleep Disorders Center is one of the largest American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited centers in the nation, with satellite sleep labs at WellStar Douglas and Paulding hospitals.