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Lung Health

Lung Health

Our Respiratory Therapists can meet with you to discuss asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or talk to you about quitting smoking.  Spirometry (lung or breathing test) is also done to assist your physician in confirming or ruling out lung disease.

Types of Patients Seen

Patients with a history of respiratory symptoms, asthma, COPD, and/or patients currently smoking. 

Appointment Information

What you can expect at your appointment with your Respiratory Therapist:

  • Your height and weight will be taken
  • Your respiratory health and medication history will be collected and reviewed
  • Spirometry (lung or breathing Test) will be performed (if appropriate)
  • Your respiratory medications will be reviewed including how to use them properly
  • Identify triggers and discuss trigger avoidance
  • Discuss symptom monitoring and identifying when your Asthma or COPD controlled or uncontrolled
  • Discuss strategies to keep your condition well controlled
  • Development of a personalized Action Plan to manage your condition if it becomes uncontrolled
  • Development of a personalized quit smoking plan
  • PLEASE TRY NOT TO USE YOUR INHALERS ON THE DAY OF YOUR TEST, bring your inhalers and chamber (if you have one) to your appointment 

Referral Process

Patients with Asthma or COPD (or suspected Asthma or COPD) must be referred by a health care provider.

Patients who would like to discuss quitting smoking can refer themselves.

ASTHMA

Is your Asthma well controlled?

  1. Do you need your Reliever inhaler (usually blue) more than 3 times per week?
  2. Do you have asthma symptoms (cough, wheeze, chest tightness or shortness of breath) more than 3 times per week?
  3. Do you have difficulty exercising or playing sports because of your asthma?
  4. Do you wake up one or more nights per week because of your asthma?
  5. Have you missed any work or school in the past month because of your asthma?
  6. Do you ever have asthma flare ups?

If you answered YES to any of the questions, your asthma is not likely well controlled.  With proper management, Asthma can and should be well controlled.  Our Respiratory Therapists will provide individualized education about your Asthma and how to keep it well controlled.  People with Asthma should have an Asthma assessment that includes spirometry testing (if appropriate) at least once per year.  Please speak to your health care provider if you are due for an Asthma Assessment.

COPD

Are you at risk for COPD? 

            Canadian Lung Health Test:

  1. Do you cough regularly?
  2. Do you cough up phlegm regularly?
  3. Do even simple chores make you short of breath?
  4. Do you wheeze when you exert yourself, or at night?
  5. Do you get frequent colds that persist longer than those of other people you know?

If you are age 40 or older and answer YES to any of the Canadian Lung Health Test questions, please speak to your health care provider about having a spirometry test done.  COPD is a manageable condition.  Our Respiratory Therapists will provide patients with education about managing COPD and slowing the progression of it. 

SMOKING CESSATION

Do you want to quit smoking but don’t know where to start?  Have you tried to quit in the past but were not successful?  We can help!  Our Respiratory Therapists offer individual counselling to help you quit in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.  Quit Smoking classes are also offered periodically, check our calendar of events to find the next group session.

 Smoking Cessation

Resource Links

Disclaimer: Links to informative websites are listed, however New Vision Family Health Team does not take any responsibility for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information contained on these sites. Please note the health information provided on the websites listed here should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a health professional.

Lung Health Assiociation Resources

Smokers Helpline

Breathlessness Factsheet

Breathlessness factsheet.

COPD and Exercise Factsheet

COPD and exercise factsheet.

Energy Management Factsheet

Energy management factsheet.

Managing COPD Factsheet

Managing COPD factsheet.

The Breathworks Plan

The breathworks plan.

Adult Onset Asthma Fact Sheet
All About Asthma Triggers
Asthma Action Plan
Asthma and Exercise Fact Sheet
Asthma and Smoking Fact Sheet
Physical Education Brochure