In our last blog post, we introduced the first two segments of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Associates’ five-part video series explaining the many facets of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The segments were “Learning You Have COPD” and “Understanding COPD.”
The remaining segments of the video series focus on how to improve your quality of life with COPD and how to use a RESPIMAT inhaler.
Living Better With COPD
At just over seven minutes in length, the third section in PCCMA’s video series provides detailed insights into ways you can live better with COPD.
Elizabeth Tuttle, PA-C, discusses how certain medication and lifestyle changes can help you feel better over time. Specifically, she talks about the benefits of exercise, proper diet and quitting smoking. PCCMA has programs to help individuals who are trying to stop smoking and those who are trying to make healthier eating choices.
Elizabeth also helps you learn more about the disease, including what COPD does to your body and what triggers COPD symptoms.
You’ll then meet Henry Ostman, MD, FCCP, who emphasizes the importance of having a support system of friends and loved ones. If you’re lacking a strong support system, PCCMA doctors and medical staff can help. Additionally, you should tell your doctor if you have feelings of depression or disappointment.
Dr. Ostman concludes the segment by discussing why it is critical to take your medication as directed, including using rescue inhalers and daily inhalers.
How to Use a RESPIMAT Inhaler
This fourth video segment offers critical information for anyone using a RESPIMAT inhaler to help treat COPD. Joshua Hoffman, MD, explains what the inhaler is and how it works.
The segment also includes step-by-step instructions on how to use an inhaler. This portion of the video is especially valuable if you have never used a RESPIMAT inhaler before.
Christopher Shaffer, MD, concludes the video series by summarizing the importance of treatment for living well with COPD.
Although there is no cure for COPD, symptoms can be managed.
The doctors and staff at Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Associates are ready to be your COPD care team and to be part of your support system.
If you have questions about COPD, or suffer from symptoms, please make an appointment or call us at (717) 234-2561.