PCCMA Introduces COPD Video Series (Part 1 of 2)

Learning You Have COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the most common conditions treated at Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Associates. While common, the COPD can be overwhelming, so it’s very important to educate yourself about the disease.

The doctors and medical staff at PCCMA created a five-part video series to help you and your loved ones understand COPD including how the disease is treated.

Throughout the series, PCCMA doctors and staff walk through COPD topics in detail. Animated videos of your lungs’ inner workings and portrayals of real people provide a visual representation of what to expect throughout a journey with COPD.

The first two videos in the series are titled “Learning You Have COPD” and “Understanding COPD.”

Learning You Have COPD

In this brief video, PCCMA doctors discuss the basics of COPD, what it means to live with this chronic condition and ways to treat it. This segment provides you with a foundation for what you’re learn in the rest of the video series.

You’ll meet Dr. Richard Evans, who will introduces the series and also highlights the importance of support groups. Dr. Baba H. Linmann then emphasizes how you can use information from the video to prepare for your doctor visit or to educate friends and family about the disease.

Understanding COPD

The “Understanding COPD” segment will help you fully understand the disease.

Dr. Rommel B. Bebe breaks down the definition of COPD and discusses symptoms of the disease. You’ll then hear from Dr. Hiren Shingala, who talks about what causes COPD and how the disease affects your lungs. Dr. Shingala also discusses the relationship between emphysema, chronic bronchitis and COPD.

Margarita E. Yoder, a nurse practitioner at PCCMA, concludes the segment by elaborating on chronic bronchitis and discussing the effect of “air trapping” on your everyday life. Margarita then describes how COPD is diagnosed and lifestyle choices you can make to improve quality of life with COPD.

The remaining segments of the video series are “Living Better with COPD,” “How to Use Your RESPIMAT Inhaler” and “What We Learned Today.” We’ll introduce these three videos in Part 2 of this post.

We hope you find the video series valuable!

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