Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Your lungs have a very important role to play in your overall health. At Inspira, we can create a personalized treatment plan to ease COPD symptoms and improve lung function.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a term used to describe chronic lung diseases including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Without treatment or lifestyle adjustments, COPD can get progressively worse over time, making it difficult to breathe.
Emphysema occurs when the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs become damaged and break down. These air sacs play a critical role in transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide, and when they lose their elasticity due to emphysema, it can make it hard to take a full breath. Emphysema is typically caused by long-term exposure to irritants, such as tobacco smoke, secondhand smoke, air pollution and chemical fumes. Other risk factors include age and genetics.
Chronic bronchitis is prolonged inflammation or irritation of the bronchial tubes. As the tubes swell, they become lined with excess mucus, which narrows the airways and impairs breathing. People suffering from chronic bronchitis are more susceptible to other lung infections, including acute bacterial bronchitis, which cause symptoms to worsen.
To diagnose COPD, your doctor will perform a physical exam as well as a breathing test called a PFT. In some cases, your doctor may recommend chest X-rays or a CT scan.
COPD Treatment at Inspira
COPD can’t be cured, but with the proper treatment, you can manage your symptoms. The most important step in improving lung function is to quit smoking. If you’re struggling to quit, Inspira’s Quit Center can help.
Several kinds of medications, including bronchodilators, inhaled steroids and combination inhalers, can also help keep symptoms at bay. Our pulmonary rehabilitation program [link to page] is available for patients who require education about their condition, exercise training, nutrition and counseling.