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COPD

Texas Pulmonary Institute -  - Pulmonary Medicine

Texas Pulmonary Institute

Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care Medicine located in Port Arthur, TX

An estimated 16.4 million adults in the United States live with lessened lung function because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At Texas Pulmonary Institute in Port Arthur, Texas, Roozbeh Sharif, MD, and the pulmonary specialists offer comprehensive programs, including smoking cessation, to help you manage symptoms of COPD and protect your lung health. To learn more about the services available for COPD, call Texas Pulmonary Institute to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.

 

COPD Q&A

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a group of diseases that interfere with airflow into and out of the lungs. Two common types of COPD include:

Emphysema

Emphysema is a condition where the alveoli (air sacs) at the end of the passages in your lungs suffer damage, most often from cigarette smoke.

Chronic bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis causes inflammation in the lining of the bronchial tubes that carry air to and from the alveoli. The inflammation can cause chronic coughing and excess mucus production.

While COPD is a progressive disease and your symptoms can worsen over time, the team at Texas Pulmonary Institute can customize a management plan to protect your lung health and improve your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of COPD?

COPD causes symptoms that vary from person to person and typically appear when your condition is advanced. Common symptoms of COPD include:

  • Wheezing
  • Chronic cough
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Frequent respiratory infections

You might also experience unexplained weight loss, a lack of energy, and swelling in your legs, ankles, and feet.

How is COPD diagnosed?

Because the symptoms of COPD don’t develop until the condition advances, many people are misdiagnosed. The team at Texas Pulmonary Institute may recommend screenings for COPD if you smoke or if you experience symptoms that disrupt your life.

Tests for COPD may include:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Bloodwork
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan

They also spend time reviewing your personal and family medical history and your lifestyle to identify risk factors for COPD.

How is COPD treated?

To keep your COPD symptoms under control, Texas Pulmonary Institute offers inpatient comprehensive coverage to address acute exacerbation of advanced COPD and asthma. They also offer outpatient services to optimize management of COPD and asthma.

As part of your treatment for COPD and asthma, the team provides programs like:

  • Comprehensive breathlessness assessment
  • Advanced transitional care
  • Smoking cessation program
  • Living with breathlessness — multidisciplinary transitional care

Through these programs, the team teaches you how to manage your COPD symptoms with medications and lifestyle changes. You might also need lung therapies like supplemental oxygen and a pulmonary rehabilitation program to strengthen your lungs and reduce the severity of your COPD symptoms.

Learn more about your options for managing COPD by calling Texas Pulmonary Institute or by booking a consultation online today.