Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in New Jersey
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can seriously impact your quality of life, making it harder to do simple, everyday tasks. It’s important that if you are experiencing symptoms of COPD, you seek out the proper medical treatment so you can begin to manage your symptoms as soon as possible. At Nirvana Healthcare Management Services, we have the resources and tools to help treat your symptoms through a variety of care options.
Learn more about how we can help you in East Orange and Newark, NJ at Nirvana’s primary care locations: Salerno Medical Associates, Metropolitan Medical Group, Roseville Medical Society, and North Ward Medical Arts. Treatments are also available through CHOP/SHOP which provides house visits to eligible patients.
What Is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a mixture of infections (like emphysema and bronchitis) that causes problems with breathing and airflow. People who smoke tobacco are most at risk for developing symptoms of COPD. Additional causes of COPD include frequent exposure to air pollution, family history, or respiratory infections like pneumonia. You could have COPD if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Continual coughing or wheezing
- Excess phlegm or sputum
- Shortness of breath
- Issues with taking a deep breath
Although COPD is treatable, it cannot be cured. This means that people who are diagnosed with COPD must avoid certain respiratory illnesses that attack the lungs. Contracting a disease like COVID-19 or pneumonia can be life-threatening and can seriously alter the way you breathe. That’s why COPD patients must seek out the treatment they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Our Treatments for COPD
At Nirvana Healthcare Management Services, we aim to provide our patients with trusted services they can rely on. When you come in for your appointment, we will first diagnose your condition using a breathing test called spirometry. This will indicate how well your lungs function, specifically measuring your air intake, how much air you can exhale, and how long it takes to exhale. To treat symptoms of COPD, we may suggest a variety of options, including:
Since smoking is the main cause of COPD, we will first suggest that you quit or avoid using tobacco inhalants. If smoking isn’t the cause of your COPD, we may also suggest avoiding certain air pollutants in places like your home or workplace.
Although COPD cannot be cured, you can still effectively manage the symptoms you’re experiencing. The primary care providers at Nirvana Healthcare Management Services can prescribe medications that will keep symptoms like coughing or wheezing under control.
If you are looking to manage your COPD symptoms without medication, we may suggest that you attend a pulmonary rehabilitation treatment program. This is where you can learn how to control your symptoms in your everyday life. Here, you will be taught valuable skills like how to breathe better and conserve energy, and you’ll also receive nutrition counseling.
If you are having trouble breathing, chances are you may not be getting the proper amount of oxygen to your bloodstream that’s necessary to function. People with COPD are at higher risk of experiencing low blood oxygen levels, making it harder for your body to work at its fullest potential. In this case, we may suggest that you have a portable oxygen tank to ensure that you are receiving the appropriate oxygen levels.
Choose Nirvana for COPD Treatment in NJ
At Nirvana Healthcare Management Services, we aim to treat our patients just like family. When you visit, we will take the time to get to know you, your lifestyle, and your medical history so we know how to serve you best. To learn more about our COPD treatment options in Essex County, NJ, contact us today.