COPD

Pinnacle Health Group

Primary Care Practice located in Tampa, FL

If you’re a smoker or a former smoker and have chronic respiratory symptoms, such as coughing or difficulty breathing, you may have a condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The caring, knowledgeable team of providers at Pinnacle Health Group can relieve your symptoms and help restore your quality of life. To learn more about treatment options for COPD, call the office in Tampa, Florida today, or make an appointment online.

COPD Q & A

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease refers to a group of lung conditions, including bronchitis and emphysema, that damage the passages of your lungs over time, making it difficult for you to breath. COPD is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., but many adults are unaware that they have the disease.

What causes COPD?

The primary cause of COPD is smoking cigarettes. Cigarette smoke contains thousands of toxic chemicals that constrict your air passages and damage your lungs, leaving you susceptible to respiratory infections.

Second-hand smoke, chemical dust or fumes, and other air pollutants can also cause COPD, especially if you have prolonged exposure due to your work or home environment. In rare cases, COPD is caused by genetic factors.

Am I at risk for COPD?

You may have a greater chance of developing COPD if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Current or former smoker
  • Between 65-74 years of age
  • History of asthma
  • Native American ancestry
  • Multiracial non-Hispanic ancestry

Women are also more likely to develop COPD than men.

How is COPD diagnosed?

If you have chronic respiratory symptoms, bronchitis, or emphysema, you may have COPD. One of the expert providers at Pinnacle Health Group can accurately diagnose your condition by performing a comprehensive physical exam, including a complete review of your medical history, assessing whether you smoke and whether you’ve been exposed to air pollution.

Your provider will also conduct a spirometry test to determine how well your lungs are functioning. They may also order a chest X-ray and additional tests.

How is COPD treated?

If you have COPD, your Pinnacle Health Group provider will discuss all options for treating your conditions. Treatment depends on the severity of your COPD, your personal health profile, and other individual factors. Treatment options may include:

  • Medication to improve breathing and reduce COPD attacks
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation, including lifestyle changes and an exercise program
  • Supplemental oxygen to improve blood oxygen levels
  • In some cases, surgery

If you think you have COPD, don’t hesitate to get help from the experienced team at Pinnacle Health Group. Call the office to schedule an exam or make an appointment online today.

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