Many chronic and acute conditions can impede the body's life-sustaining ability to breathe. Experts in the Institute for Lung Care diagnose and manage the full range of pulmonary conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They are also committed to providing rehabilitation services that enable patients to maintain a satisfying, independent quality of life. Professionals from the Institute for Lung Care frequently engage in patient and community wellness education activities.
"...Before I got into this program, I was in complete denial. But I needed help and through the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, I got it, and plenty of it, believe me..."
Diagnostic testing is provided in Winthrop's state-of-the-art Pulmonary Function Laboratories. Both inpatients and outpatients undergo a complete range of pulmonary evaluations, including pulmonary exercise testing.
Clinical research trials bring patients the most up-to-the-minute treatments for asthma and other conditions affecting the lungs.
Sleep Disorders CenterThe Sleep Disorders Center was Nassau County's first nationally accredited sleep center, for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as sleep apnea, chronic snoring, apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy, which can have serious health consequences. Physicians who are Board certified in sleep medicine conduct comprehensive evaluations and provide follow-up care for patients referred to the Sleep Disorders Center.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation ProgramPatients with asthma, emphysema, some lung cancers or any condition that affects the functioning of their lungs may benefit from a carefully supervised, 8-week Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Pulmonary rehabilitation combines monitored exercise, education and psychosocial support to gradually improve endurance and promote a return to a healthier, more active lifestyle. "Graduates" may receive ongoing assistance through Winthrop Eager Breathers (WEB), a free support group.
Lung Cancer Diagnosis/TreatmentThe diagnostic capability of professionals in the Institute for Lung Care is critical to the development of a collaborative treatment plan. Treatment, which may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery, is closely coordinated with specialists who are part of the Institute for Cancer Care. Diagnostic capabilities include an ultrafast CT scanner, as well as MRI. Needle aspiration and bronchoscopy are also provided. Other techniques include endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), a minimally invasive technique to stage lung cancer in patients who meet eligibility criteria. Performed in Winthrop's Endoscopy Suite, EUS provides physicians with detailed images of lung tumors in order to facilitate the non-surgical staging of certain malignancies.
Pulmonary Hypertension CenterThe Institute for Lung Care provides expert management of patients with pulmonary hypertension, a potentially serious condition that impedes the flow of oxygen-rich blood through the lungs. Evaluation and monitoring of patients are provided, as well as the most current drug therapy. Continuous intravenous drip therapy may be effective in helping certain patients.
Community Education ProgramsProfessionals in the Institute for Lung Care are deeply committed to maintaining and enhancing the health of the community at large. Toward this end, the Institute sponsors a number of free or low-cost community education programs. These include: lectures that address the complexities of asthma management, smoking cessation workshops and symposia on sleep disorders, as well as a wide range of other topics presented in area community centers, schools and the Hospital's Community Outreach Center.
Clinical ResearchClinical investigations into the next generation of therapies are ongoing. Newly developed medications to treat asthma and allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and lung cancer are being evaluated by physicians and researchers in the Institute for Lung Care, with a focus on bringing the most current treatments to patients.
Breathe Easier...Call Winthrop's Institute for Lung Care at 1-516-663-0333. One call will put you in touch with one of the Institute's expert physicians, or provide you with further information about the Institute's special programs.
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