UAB Medicine

COPD Overview

Diseases of the airways are often categorized as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which encompasses emphysema and chronic asthma or bronchitis. These conditions injure air passages and make it progressively more difficult to breathe.

At The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, we treat many conditions that cause COPD, including:

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Chronic Asthma
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin

We offer a variety of services for the treatment of COPD. Among them are:

  • respiratory treatments to improve breathing ability
  • medication management
  • assistance with obtaining respiratory equipment and portable oxygen
  • exercises to decrease respiratory symptoms and improve muscle strength and endurance
  • exercises for physical conditioning and improved endurance
  • pulmonary rehabilitation
  • smoking cessation
  • methods to increase independence with activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • stress management, relaxation exercises, and emotional support
  • nutritional counseling
  • patient and family education and counseling