12.5 Million Americans Are Living With COPD
12.5 million Americans live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, aka COPD. COPD is caused by long-term exposure and can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Wednesday, October 18 the American Lung Association will be releasing new state briefs that highlight the burden of COPD in the U.S. and document the states with the highest rates of COPD. This serious condition requires careful management and lifestyle changes to help patients maintain their lung function and overall well-being. If you suspect you have COPD or have symptoms, it’s important to seek medical evaluation and guidance from a healthcare professional.
Common symptoms of COPD include coughing, mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness.
There are several types of healthcare professionals involved in the care and management of COPD. A pulmonologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases, including COPD. When visiting a Respiratory Therapist they can help because of specializing in managing symptoms. They can provide education on inhaler use, oxygen therapy, and breathing exercises. More medical professionals will be an Allergist/Immunologist because in some cases, allergies can exacerbate COPD symptoms. A Cardiologist works with advanced COPD cases and heart-related issues. A Cardiologist may be involved in the management of COPD-related heart problems. Lastly, a Thoracic Surgeon has surgical options like lung volume reduction surgery or lung transplantation may be considered. A thoracic surgeon specializes in these types of procedures.