We offer a variety of specialized treatments for COPD

 
 
 

 
 
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe.
COPD can cause coughing the produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and other symptoms.
Smoking cigarette is the leading cause of COPD. Most people who have COPD are or were smokers. Long term exposure to other lung irritants such as dust, air pollution and chemical fumes may also contribute to COPD.

 
With COPD, there is less air flow going in and out of the airways for the following reasons:

The airways and air sacs lose their elastic quality.
The walls between the air sacs are destroyed.
The walls of the airways become thick and inflamed.
The airways make more mucus than usual, which can cause clogging.
 
In the United Stated, COPD includes two main conditions: Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis.

In Emphysema, the wall in the air sacs are damaged which causes the air sacs to lose their shape and become floppy. This damage can also destroy the walls of the air sacs leading to fewer and larger sacs. If this happens, the amount of gas exchange in the lungs in reduced.

In Chronic Bronchitis, the lining if the airway is constantly irritated and inflamed which causes the linings to thicken. Lots of thick mucus form in the airways, making it hard to breathe.
 
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COPD treatment

 
Bronchodilators
Bronchodilators relax the muscles around the airways. This helps open up the airways and makes breathing easier. Most of them are taken using an inhaler. An inhaler allows the medicine to go straight to your lungs.
Combination Bronchodilators plus Inhaled Glucocorticoids (Steroids)
Steroids help reduce airway inflammation.


Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a broad program that helps improve the well-being of people who have chronic breathing problems.


Oxygen Therapy
If you suffer from severe COPD and low levels of 02 in your blood, oxygen therapy can help you breath better with surgery.


Surgery
Surgery is used as a last resource if severe symptoms of COPD have not improved from taking medication. Lung transplant can improve your lung function and quality of life. However, lung transplants have many risks such as infections.
The surgery may lead to dead if the body rejects the transplant.

 
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