Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not actually just one disease; it is a group of lung diseases. These progressive illnesses can make it difficult to breathe. In a respiratory system without COPD, the airways and air sacs in the lungs are flexible and elastic. However, someone with COPD may experience one or more of the following:
The two main forms of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Without proper care, these conditions can permanently damage the lungs.
Whether you think you may have COPD or you already have a diagnosis, our board-certified pulmonologists are here to help. Schedule an appointment today.
In its early stages, COPD may have mild symptoms or may not cause any symptoms at all. As it progresses, however, people may experience:
People may have a higher than average risk of developing COPD if they meet any of the following criteria:
If you meet any of these conditions, speak to your doctor to discuss your risk.
Our team of board-certified pulmonologists works with patients to discuss their unique needs and create customized treatment plans for their COPD. These plans may include:
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of COPD, schedule a visit with a St. Joseph Health pulmonologist today.
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