COPD Awareness Month

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) affects over 16 million people in the world.  It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States according the CDC.

COPD is a condition caused by damage to the airways that blocks airflow and making breathing difficult. COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of a slimy substance called phlegm. It can also cause breathing problems, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. Because COPD is a progressive disease, its symptoms often develop slowly but worsen over time and can limit your ability to do basic daily activities. 

COPD is evaluated with testing done by a pulmonary physician. Testing includes chest x-rays, CT scans of the chest, pulmonary function testing, and oximetry testing.  

One of the largest causes of COPD is smoking. Although there is no cure, treatments and lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking can help you feel better, stay more active, and slow the progress of the disease. You may also need oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, or medicines to treat complications. (1)

If you have any sypmtoms of COPD such as shortness of breath with minimal exertion, chronic cough or phlegm production, call our office to schedule an evaluation. We'd be happy to help you breathe easier.

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