Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects roughly 30 million people in the United States, with many being unaware of their condition. Board-certified pulmonologist Eli E. Hendel, MD, provides pulmonary function testing and treatment services for COPD at his private practice in Glendale, California. To schedule an appointment, call Eli E. Hendel, MD, or book online today.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition that causes progressive damage to the lungs and breathing problems that get worse with time. The term COPD actually refers to a group of lung conditions, with the two most prevalent being:
Emphysema happens when your airways lose their elasticity and remain overstretched. This makes it hard for your lungs to pump air in and out, causing breathlessness throughout your day.
Chronic bronchitis happens when your airways produce too much mucus and cannot adequately clear themselves. The primary symptom of chronic bronchitis is an ongoing cough.
COPD symptoms vary according to the type you have, but all types result in respiratory complications. Typically, symptoms are mild at first and progressively worsen with time.
Your COPD symptoms might include:
Dr. Hendel provides in-depth diagnostic assessments for COPD to avoid misdiagnosis. Many people who smoke and have symptoms are erroneously diagnosed with the condition despite not having it. To confirm your diagnosis, Dr. Hendel takes your medical history and performs a physical exam. He then provides comprehensive pulmonary function testing.
Receiving treatment for COPD is crucial because the condition gets progressively worse and can lead to irreversible lung damage without it. Dr. Hendel can prescribe and manage medications for COPD, such as bronchodilators or inhaled steroids, which improve lung function and help build your exercise tolerance.
In addition to any medications you take, lifestyle changes can make a positive difference in your health outcome with COPD. Quitting smoking is essential, as well as avoiding irritating chemical fumes and creating a healthy eating plan.
Supplemental oxygen is often a part of COPD treatment, involving portable units that deliver oxygen to your lungs. Some people only need to use their units while sleeping or during activities, while others require them all the time.
Lung surgery for COPD is an option for those with severe emphysema. Surgery is only necessary if medications alone don’t provide the improvements you need.
If you have symptoms of COPD and need advanced diagnostics and specialized care, call Eli E. Hendel, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.