Dr. Shawn French discusses Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which affects more than 12 million people in the United States.
What is COPD?
“COPD is a progressive lung disease that gradually makes you more short of breath over time and can lead to debilitation, it leads to decreased functional status, and makes you very uncomfortable.”
How is COPD Diagnosed?
“There are a few ways. The most important way you can diagnose and stage the severity of disease is with lung function testing. Sometimes imaging of the chest can help us determine whether you have, you know, emphysema, but the most important thing is to get lung function testing.”
How is COPD treated?
“There’s a variety of treatments. I always tell people I’m supposed to do two things for you and I’m supposed to make you feel better and if I can help you live longer and if you stop smoking, you will feel better and live longer.”
How to Avoid COPD?
“The best way to avoid it is not to smoke. It is the most common cause of COPD.”