The heart and lungs are closely related, and an issue in one can affect the other. Also called cardiopulmonary diseases, we manage these disorders through treatments, such as medication, lung therapy, surgery and rehabilitative services.
Comprehensive cardiopulmonary care center in Sarasota, Florida
To ensure you have the complete heart and lung care you need, we offer a program that includes cardiopulmonary services and rehabilitation (rehab).
This program at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital is convenient to Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota and Venice, Florida. Here, our experienced cardiopulmonary specialists provide a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services for heart and lung disorders. We provide education, exercise training and counseling to help you reach your maximum levels of wellness.
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Who needs cardiopulmonary rehab
If you have had any of these conditions or procedures, you may benefit from cardiopulmonary rehab:
- Angina (chest pain)
- Balloon angioplasty
- Chronic bronchitis
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Heart transplant
- Open-heart surgery
- Pacemaker or internal defibrillator implantations
- Other cardiopulmonary diseases
Cardiopulmonary disease treatments and prevention
One of the ways we support your cardiopulmonary health is by offering you information about common conditions and risk factors. From there, we can also help you prevent and effectively treat these conditions.
If you have any of these risk factors for cardiopulmonary disease, we encourage you to set up an evaluation with our specialists:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
COPD is a cardiopulmonary condition that causes the airways in the lungs to become blocked (obstructed), making it difficult to breathe. COPD is dangerous to you partly because symptoms can get worse quite suddenly but also because it can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia or heart failure. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent COPD from progressing.
The focus of our dedicated medical team and COPD specialists is to help you live well with COPD. To achieve this, our trained respiratory therapists implement individualized treatment and lifestyle plans.
Symptoms of COPD
Some symptoms of COPD include:
- Difficulty breathing that leads to shortness of breath during or after mild activities, such as walking or getting dressed
- Chronic cough
- Feet and ankle swelling
- Needing to lean forward to breathe
- Bluish color to the lips, skin or fingernails
Diagnosing COPD includes a medical exam, diagnostic testing and imaging procedures. Evaluation may also include:
- Pulmonary function tests (PFTs): These are the most common type of diagnostic test for COPD to determine if there are abnormal lung functions. Typically a PFT includes a spirometry test that measures how much air is breathed in and how much air is breathed out.
- Arterial blood gas tests: These are usually done by drawing blood from the wrist and measuring how much oxygen and carbon dioxide is in the blood. The oxygen measurement can show if oxygen therapy is needed.
- Pulse oximetry: This is a noninvasive tool that measures the oxygen in the blood.
- Chest X-rays: These can give information on the size and shape of the lungs. The images can help determine if the lungs are too large (overinflated).
- Computerized tomography (CT) scans: These provide images of the lungs with greater details than chest X-rays.
- Bronchoscopy: In this procedure, a fiber-optic scope is introduced into the lungs to let physicians examine the lungs more closely.
Treatments for COPD
COPD cannot be cured, but there are treatments that can help improve symptoms and slow the damage to the lungs. Some treatment options are:
- Prescription medications to widen the airway (bronchodilators) and reduce swelling of the airway (anti-inflammatory drugs, such as steroids)
- Oxygen therapy (if the oxygen in the blood is too low) to improve your energy and stamina
We will customize your treatment plan to your needs, but the basic process of cardiopulmonary rehab is typically as follows:
- Cardiopulmonary rehab starts in the hospital with exercise training and education on your heart and lung risk factors.
- After release from the hospital, you will begin cardiopulmonary rehab on an outpatient basis.
- The rehab program usually last six to 12 weeks and consists of three exercise sessions per week with individual education and counseling at each session.
Better Breathers Support Group
Our Better Breathers Support Group offers you an opportunity to learn ways to better cope with COPD, asthma and other lung diseases and conditions.
The group meets the first Thursday of the month from 12:30pm - 1:30pm, and lunch is provided.
If you want to attend a Better Breathers Support Group meeting, you can sign up by clicking the button below or calling us at (888) 685-1596.
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