Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is an obstructive lung disease characterized by chronically restricted airflow. Not a diagnosis to be taken lightly, this condition is a variant of multiple obstructive breathing disorders, including chronic bronchitis, asthmatic bronchitits, and emphysema.
COPD is often referred to as chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema and is a serious lung disease that slowly gets worse over time. While COPD cannot be cured, it is treatable.
COPD is most often a consequence of cigarette smoking. However, COPD can develop from various exposures to chemicals and other irritants and can also be the consequence of long-standing asthma. COPD is the only one of the top ten causes of death in the United States that has been increasing in incidence. This is in sharp contrast to heart disease and stroke. People are reluctant to seek help or embarrassed to seek help about it, perhaps because they are still smoking or because they feel they do not believe that they are sick.
Dr. Kamelhar and Dr. Teller specialize in the treatment of COPD. When being evaluated by the breathing specialists, a full assessment will be taken into consideration before the diagnosis and treatment of your COPD.
If any of these symptoms are experienced on a daily basis, call Kamelhar-Teller Pulmonology today.
A physical exam or pulmonary functioning test by Dr. Kamelhar or Dr. Teller is the best way to get the proper diagnosis and treatment. With early detection and treatment, the likelihood of progression or advancement of that disease will be less likely.
The importance of COPD has been emphasized by the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians as well as by other scientific organizations which address lung disease and epidemiology of important disease in the United States.