Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
What is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a group of lung diseases that worsen over time and cause increasing breathlessness. COPD is the third leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. And, although 90% of people who have COPD have smoked, it can also occur from long-term contact with harmful pollutants or genetic factors.
What are the symptoms of COPD?
If you suffer from COPD, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing and mucus production
- Limited ability to complete normal activities
How is COPD diagnosed?
COPD is diagnosed by a doctor. Your doctor will perform a health history and physical exam. They may order additional tests including: blood work; chest X-ray; and pulmonary function test.
What are the treatments for COPD?
Your treatment depends on how serious your disease. Common treatments include:
- Knowing your symptoms and when to take action
- Medicine (inhalers, nebulizers and oxygen therapy)
- Stopping smoking
- Monitoring your symptoms and taking action
- Exercise and regular activity
- Healthy eating
ProMedica Pulmonary Clinic
If you have trouble controlling your COPD flare ups, you may benefit from the ProMedica Pulmonary Clinic for additional education. Our team of respiratory therapists will work with you and your physician to help you better manage your disease and enjoy a better quality of life.
What services are provided at the ProMedica Pulmonary Clinic?
Your respiratory therapist will:
- Teach you how your medications work.
- Show you how to use your inhaler. Teach you proper breathing techniques.
- Work with your primary care physician to carefully adjust medications, when needed.
- Make recommendations to improve your treatment plan, if needed.