Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a lung condition that causes airflow blockage and breathing related problems. Common symptoms of COPD can be frequent coughing, excess mucus production, and shortness of breath. Although tobacco use is a common cause of COPD, there may be other causes such as exposure to air pollutants at work or respiratory infections.
Our providers will review your history, including tobacco history, previous treatments and testing, as well as the severity of your symptoms. The providers may then order further testing such as complete pulmonary function tests (CPFT’s), imaging such as chest x-rays or CT scans, or blood tests. These tests will help to further classify the severity of your COPD and determine what type of therapy will be most beneficial to your treatment.
Medication options may be inhalers, oral tablets, nebulized medication, and in some cases, oxygen therapy. Our providers work hard to get your symptoms under control and reduce your visits to emergency rooms and urgent cares.
Our team works with you to create a care plan to improve your quality of life and to try to reduce the severity and frequency of daily symptoms and exacerbations.