If you are over 40 and smoke or used to smoke, you could possibly have a lung condition called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. Take this quick test* to screen for symptoms of COPD:
- Do you cough regularly?
- Do you cough up phlegm regularly?
- Do even simple chores make you short of breath?
- Do you wheeze when you exert yourself (exercise, go upstairs)?
- Do you get many colds, and do your colds usually last longer than your friends’ colds?
If you answered "Yes" to one or more of these questions, you may have symptoms of COPD.
*Adapted from the Canadian Lung Health Test, available online from the Canadian Lung Association: http://www.lung.ca/lung-health/lung-disease/copd/symptoms
Remember, when you get early treatment for COPD you can slow down the damage to your lungs.
If you or someone you know are over 40 years of age, and smoke or used to smoke, or have been diagnosed with COPD, we invite you to book an appointment to see our Certified Respiratory Educator. This one-on-one appointment will include
- A full respiratory assessment
- A Spirometry, or breathing test
- Instruction on how to correctly use your respiratory inhalers, and medications, and answer any questions you may have about your breathing condition.
We can also help you with quitting or reducing smoking.
In addition, we offer a variety of group physical activity programs, led by our Registered Kinesiologist, at our Sheridan and Yorkgate locations.
NEW Update! We are proud to partner with the University of Ottawa Heart Insitute to offer the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation, which includes a common approach to:
- identifying the smoking status of patients at each visit;
- advising all smokers to quit;
- providing assistance with quitting while at the centre, and
- ensuring attachment to follow-up counselling once they leave the centre to assist them in remaining smoke-free.
Click here to download our COPD Referral Form
We accept self-referrals and referrals from your health care provider.
Please note that that in order to receive a Spirometry test, we will need to contact your physician to obtain a Medical Directive.
For more information or to refer a patient to any of our services, please call 416-246-2388.