COPD Respiratory Program

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What is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) includes two major lung diseases - emphysema and chronic bronchitis - and is primarily caused by smoking.

Damage from smoking causes narrowing in the air passages due to swelling and accumulation of mucous, making breathing difficult.  For people with COPD, symptom flare-ups or exacerbations (worsening symptoms) can be brought on by a cold or flu, or by something as simple as a change in weather or poor air quality.

Over 850,000 Ontarians (almost 12 per cent) aged 35 and older have COPD. Most Ontarians don’t know what COPD is and fewer know what a spirometry test is.


What do we offer you?

  • Quality of life review
  • Review of risk factors
  • Assistance with smoking cessation
  • Lifestyle recommendations
  • Physical assessment
  • Treatment recommendations
  • COPD Action Plan
  • Respiratory Rehabilitation (Self-Management)


Who should be screened?

  • Smokers and ex-smokers over 40.
  • Individuals with long-term exposure to air pollutants (including pollution and second-hand smoke)
  • Individuals with chronic coughing or wheezing
  • Individuals with shortness of breath that has become worse over time.
  • Individuals who cannot keep up with people of your own age.


Overview of Program

This program provides support and treatment for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), or at risk of developing COPD.


Appointment Details

Screening and counselling is conducted by clinic staff when appropriate. Smokers and ex-smokers over 40 wishing to be screened, please call your primary care provider.


For More Information

Visit the Canadian Lung Association website to learn more about COPD: 
Or visit the Public Health Agency of Canada to learn more:


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