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COPD Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

Roughly 16 million men and women have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States. Whether your COPD symptoms arise from emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or asthma, the board-certified team of medical providers at MM Jersey City Breathing Center can help improve your breathing and restore your quality of life. The team offers outstanding, personalized care for COPD at three locations throughout Jersey City, New Jersey. To schedule a COPD evaluation, call the MM Jersey City Breathing Center office nearest you.

COPD Q & A

What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of lung diseases that interfere with breathing. These diseases are progressive, causing breathlessness that becomes worse over time. 

The primary cause of COPD is cigarette smoking. Additional risk factors include age and

long-term exposure to environmental irritants. Genetics may also increase your risk of COPD. Without proper medical care, COPD can lead to severe health complications.

The most common diseases that contribute to COPD include:

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Refractory (non-reversible) asthma

COPD can’t be cured, but it can be controlled. COPD management with a qualified medical provider can improve your breathing and allow you to live a full, productive life. 

What are the symptoms of COPD?

The most common symptom of COPD is increasing shortness of breath. Other symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing (dry or mucus-producing)
  • Chest tightness

Symptoms vary in frequency and severity, depending on the underlying condition that’s causing your COPD.

Which health complications are associated with COPD?

Over time, COPD can lead to a variety of health complications, such as:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary hypertension 

COPD is also associated with an increased risk of depression.

How is COPD diagnosed? 

During your COPD evaluation at MM Jersey City Breathing Center, your compassionate physician spends time reviewing your medical history, discusses your symptoms with you in detail, and performs a comprehensive physical exam. 

They may also order blood work to rule out any other possible conditions that may be causing your symptoms.

Your provider may perform some tests to evaluate your lung function, such as spirometry, which assesses the function of your bronchial passages. Your provider may also recommend diagnostic imaging, such as a chest X-ray or CT scan.

How is COPD treated?

To control your COPD symptoms, your MM Jersey City Breathing Center provider designs a personalized management program. Your plan may include the following:

  • Smoking cessation program
  • Bronchodilator inhaler
  • Corticosteroid inhaler
  • Oral medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Oxygen therapy

Your doctor may recommend a pulmonary rehabilitation program, which combines exercise and nutritional and lifestyle changes that improve your breathing and your ability to perform daily activities. 

Don’t let COPD decrease your quality of life. To schedule an evaluation for COPD, call the nearest MM Jersey City Breathing Center location today.