What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe ongoing, progressive lung diseases like pulmonary emphysema, chronic bronchitis and refractory asthma. With these conditions, airways in your lungs are blocked and it makes it hard to breathe. Symptoms include cough, increased sputum, wheezing and shortness of breath. There is no cure for COPD, but with lifestyle changes, medications and certain treatments, the disease can be managed.
What causes COPD?
The most common cause of COPD is tobacco smoking. Other possible causes include secondhand smoke, marijuana use, occupational exposures, genetics and environmental pollution.
How do you treat COPD?
While there is not a cure for COPD, there are ways to manage and treat it with the goal to prevent exacerbations and maximize the quality of life.
Control risk factors
Certain medications can help manage symptoms of COPD.
If you have been diagnosed with COPD, it is important to see your pulmonologist within seven days of discharge from the hospital following your diagnosis.
Routine follow-up of COPD is essential for managing your condition. Lung function may worsen over time despite the best care available. Regular follow-up to assess symptoms and measure airflow limitations will help determine when it is appropriate to modify your treatment.
CAMC COPD Clinic – No referral necessary
If you do not have a pulmonologist or your primary pulmonologist cannot see you within seven days, the CAMC COPD Clinic can help. We are staffed with a provider, respiratory therapy and pharmacist. The clinic is open five days-a-week and is held in the Outpatient Care Center on the fourth floor of the Heart and Vascular Center at CAMC Memorial Hospital.
CAMC Memorial Hospital
Outpatient Care Center
3200 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Fax: (304) 388-8238