When Breathing Isn't Easy

February 25, 2015 08:38 AM

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) refers to a collection of respiratory conditions that include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, and certain forms of asthma. People with these conditions suffer increasing shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness due to inflammation and thickening of the airways. 

As the third leading cause of death in the U.S., COPD affects millions of men and women. The disese usually appears in people over forty years of age. Many COPD sufferers have a history of smoking but some acquired the disease through dust or inhaled chemicals in the workplace. Occasionally, COPD can develop from inherited risk factors. Once acquired, COPD cannot be cured but can be managed with medications and lifestyle modifications. 

People with COPD or with signs and sypmptoms such as a chronic cough, shortness of breath during normal activities, wheezing, frequent respiratory infections, and/or fatigue, need a physician experienced in dealing with the disease. At Hackensack Univeristy Medical Group, our Board-certified Pulmonologists can treat COPD and help patients create a COPD Action Plan to help manage the course of the disease. To make an appointment with one of our specialists, call 855.385.HEAL (4325).

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