Combining two words –cardio and pulmonary– into one, cardiopulmonary refers to a range of diseases and conditions that affect the heart (cardio) and lungs (pulmonary).
Cardiovascular disease, also referred to as heart disease, refers to any number of diseases that affect the heart, including coronary artery diseases, blood vessel diseases, heart arrhythmia problems, and heart defects..
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder/disease or COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that results in the obstruction of airflow through the lungs. The symptoms of this condition include coughing, trouble breathing, and wheezing.
Hospice Savannah physician Dr. Ryan Moody (R), a pulmonologist with Southeast Lung Associates, serves as our resident Cardiopulmonary expert and consultant to help provide you with an additional level of care. And Dr. Claude T. Su (L), a cardiologist with Cardiology Associates of Savannah, serves as the physician champion of our Advanced Cardiac Program.
Together with your hospice care team, Dr. Moody and Dr. Su create a customized plan of care based on your goals and priorities. Our Cardiopulmonary Program is designed to keep you comfortable while reducing or eliminating emergency room visits and hospital admissions.
Our team provides education to you and to your loved ones on your particular disease to expand your understanding and to help you know that to expect as your disease progresses.
We help you find relief from:
- Chest pain
- Breathing distress
- Respiratory infections
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty with personal care
- Loss of appetite
- Cough and fluid buildup
- Anxiety, stress, depression or problems with sleeping
Call us today for a free, confidential assessment of your symptoms. We can help.
Heart disease is responsible for one in four deaths in the United States and amidst the pandemic, heart patients are at higher risk of complications and death, but more likely to forgo treatment. The NPHI (National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation) released clinical guidelines and resources to reduce the number of heart patients dying alone in hospitals. Read the Dec. 20, 2020 Press Release Here