Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institute offers the full spectrum of diagnostic tests and treatments for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chest x-ray, spirometry, lung volume tests, lung compliance tests, physiologic shunt studies, arterial blood gas testing, pulse oximetry testing, cardiopulmonary stress tests and methacholine challenge tests. The Cleveland Clinic also offers the full spectrum of assessing patients for surgical procedures such as lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplant.

Services and Treatments

Once our patients have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and thoroughly assessed, treatment begins with patient education and lifestyle changes. We strive to maximize our patients’ independence, reduce the severity of their symptoms and improve their ability to participate in daily activities.

  • Patient Education
  • Lifestyle Changes/Risk Factor Modification
  • Medications and device instruction
  • Oxygen Therapy and the assessment of need for oxygen therapy
  • Smoking cessation
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy
  • Alpha 1-Antitrypsin deficiency treatment for emphysema that runs in families

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The following Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of COPD.

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Long-term Oxygen Treatment Trial (LOTT)

This study examines the benefits of supplemental oxygen for individuals with established chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and mild degrees of hypoxemia (decrease in oxygen blood level). This is a multi-center, randomized, controlled trial examining the benefits of supplemental oxygen on survival for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and mild hypoxemia at rest. For questions, please contact James Stoller, MD, MS by phone at 216.444.1960, Rick Rice, RRT, M.Ed., by phone at 216.444.1150 or Yvonne Meli, RN, by phone at 216.445.4215.

STATCOPE Study

STATCOPE is a study to assess the benefits of the commonly-used statin medication called simvastatin in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from any cause, including Alpha-1. Like the LOTT trial, the study is a randomized, controlled trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Eligible participants will receive the stain medication (or a placebo [sugar pill]) and will participate in follow up over several years to evaluate whether the statin favorably affects the course of lung disease. Interested individuals should contact Rick Rice, RRT, M.Ed. by phone at 216.444.1150 or James Stoller, MD, MS by phone at 216.444.1960.

The Cough Flow Improvement in COPD

This study is aimed to gain insight into the potential impact of altering pressures during cough efforts and the resultant flow profiles on cough flow rates. It is believed that many COPD patients have problems clearing secretions due to low cough flow (liters per second - l/s). It is believed that the low flow rate during coughing is partly due to airway collapse. We are looking to see if adding positive or negative pressure improves cough flow rates. Interested individuals should contact Rick Rice, RRT, M.Ed. at 216.444.1150.

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Patient Referrals

Our secure online service, Dr.Connect, provides referring physicians access to patient’s treatment progress with streamlined communication from Cleveland Clinic physicians to your office, allowing continued participation in the ongoing care of patients. With the best possible treatment plans and coordinated care, our team approach benefits both the patient and the referring physician.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowships

Our pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowships provide board-certified general internists with the tools necessary to care for patients, who have complicated lung diseases and critical illnesses. During the three-year training period, which includes an 18-month core program and 18-month subspecialty track, fellows are exposed to a wide variety of medical problems in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

CMEs

Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute offers continuing medical education courses through the Center for Continuing Education. We are providers of AMA-approved continuing medical education (CME) units for physicians and physician assistants, and of continuing education units by the Ohio Nurses Association for nurses and by the Ohio Respiratory Care Board for respiratory therapists.

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