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Lung Health Program

Lung Health Program
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Your lung health is important to us!  We have a specialized lung health program led by a respiratory therapist and team of health care professionals. We focus on asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and smoking cessation. We offer individual appointments that are specific to your lung health needs. 

Asthma Lung Health Program

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs that causes symptoms of shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing or chest tightness.  Asthma causes inflammation of the airways.  These are the tubes in your lungs that carry the air you breathe.  The inflammation makes it harder to breathe. 

If you think you may have asthma, talk to your health care provider about your symptoms.

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Lung Health Program

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.  COPD is a long-term lung disease that makes it hard to breathe.  Some of the symptoms of COPD are difficulty breathing with physical exertion, chest tightness, coughing or wheezing.

If you are over the age of 40 and currently smoke or used to smoke, you are at risk of COPD.

How Do I Register for the Lung Health Program?

If you are a patient with the Toronto Western Family Health Team and interested in this program, ask your health care provider to refer you. A referral from your health care provider is required for the Lung Health program.

Inhaler Technique

Need help learning to use an inhaler?  Want to check if you are using your inhaler correctly?  Click here to review inhaler technique videos

Lung Health Resources

Lung Health Foundation  

Asthma Canada

Living Well with COPD