Breathing difficulties can be concerning and may cause symptoms that affect your daily activities. The critical care pulmonologists at ACMH Pulmonary Group are highly skilled and experienced at diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions of the lungs. Their goal is to help you manage your pulmonary health so that you can get back to enjoying life. Providers with the pulmonary group utilize ACMH Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehab Unit to help their patients manage and live better with their lung conditions.
From common conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to more advanced lung disease, the team has the training and experience to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. These include:
Mitchell Patti, MD
Craig Viti, MD
Michelle Keibler, CRNP
New location for the ACMH PULMONARY GROUP is located at 600 Medical Arts Building, Suite 670, Kittanning, on the ACMH Hospital campus. Call (724) 548-3890 today to schedule a consultation.
Pulmonary rehab is a complement - not an alternative to - existing medical therapy such as inhaled or pill forms of medicines. In the United States, individuals enrolled in a pulmonary rehabilitation program typically meet at the program site 2-3 times a week for 6-12 weeks.
How Does the Program Work?
Those Who Benefit From Pulmonary Rehab Include Those With a History Of:
How Do I Enroll in ACMH Pulmonary Rehab?Seek a referral from your healthcare provider or call (724) 543-8432, and we will coordinate all of the details from there!
What Is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?
With COPD, the airways in your lungs become inflamed and thicken, and the tissue where oxygen is exchanged is destroyed. The flow of air in and out of your lungs decreases. When that happens, less oxygen gets into your body tissues, and it becomes harder to get rid of the waste gas carbon dioxide. As the disease gets worse, shortness of breath makes it harder to remain active.
Sometimes referred to as either chronic bronchitis or emphysema, most people will have symptoms of both conditions, so health professionals prefer to call the disease COPD. However, some doctors think that chronic bronchitis may be present even though a person does not have the airway obstruction characteristic of COPD. Your doctor can explain your condition and the best way to treat it.
It is important to remember that in many cases, COPD can be prevented and treated!
How Serious Is COPD?
COPD is the third leading cause of death by disease in the United States. More than 16.4 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, but millions more may have the disease without even knowing it. COPD causes serious long-term disability and early death. At this time there is no cure, and the number of people dying from COPD is growing.
It Can Be Treated
There is no cure for COPD, but the good news is that it can be found early. Much can be done to treat and help manage the disease. Through medications, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation and social support, many people are able to live with their disease for many years.