COPD and Asthma Cabinet
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and Asthma cabinet operate in the outpatient department of Riga East Clinical University Hospital “Gaiļezers”. In the office, patients can get information about the origin and course of asthma and COPD, learn about the possibilities of living with the disease and measures to control environmental factors and allergens. Specialists also provide advice and information on medication for smoking cessation and medications used to treat asthma and COPD. Patients are also trained in the use of inhalers and peak flow meters for disease control.
One of the most important tasks of the bronchial asthma and COPD cabinet is the education and training of asthma and COPD patients:
- opportunities to live with the disease;
- environmental and allergen control measures;
- advice and medication options for smoking cessation;
- information on medicines used to treat asthma and COPD;
- inhaler training;
- training in the use of peak expiratory flow meters for disease control.
- Spirometry and bronchodilation test are performed in the bronchial asthma and COPD office.
Pneumologists working in the office (pulmonologists or lung doctors):
- will help to choose the most suitable medication for each specific patient individually;
- draw up a treatment plan;
- will evaluate the effectiveness of treatment by performing dynamic monitoring of patients;
- make the necessary therapeutic adjustments if necessary;
- will recommend ways to avoid outbreaks;
- will provide advice and recommend treatment in case of outbreaks;
- will perform the necessary additional diagnostics and differential diagnosis in cases of lung diseases, if necessary, sending patients for additional examinations and treatment both outpatient and in more complicated and severe cases inpatient.
Particular attention should be paid to the health of patients with unstable asthma or COPD, frequent outbreaks, and patients diagnosed with bronchial asthma or COPD for the first time by a GP or pneumologist. These patients would especially need the advice of a pneumonologist, the assessment of the course of the disease in dynamics, and these patients are especially encouraged to seek the help of our specialists.
Dr. Inga Vikmane
Dr. med. Madara Tirzīte
Dr. Inese Smiltena
Dr. Karīna Vasiļauska
Dr. Antra Beķere
Dr. Kristīne Molčāne