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COPD Symptoms & Treatments

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. COPD is an all-encompassing condition which includes distinctive diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.


Typically, you will experience tightening and inflammation of your airways. The flow of air becomes restrictive as COPD progresses. COPD restricts the amount of oxygen that enters your body and waste carbon gas to be expelled from your body. Over time, this reduces your quality of life.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD, is a group of progressive lung diseases. COPD is a family of diseases that include emphysema and chronic bronchitis and asthma. The most common of these progressive lung diseases are emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Emphysema is the progressive deterioration of the walls of the alveoli (air sacs) located at the end of the bronchial tubes. There is an inherited from known as A.AT disease.

Bronchitis causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes. This cause mucus to build up and block your bronchial tubes hampering your ability to breathe normally. It is estimated that approximately 30 million people in the US have COPD. It is also estimated that about half do not know they have COPD.

Symptoms Include:

  • Cough – Ongoing dry cough or cough with phlegm

  • Shortness of Breath – Frequent respiratory infections, shortness of breath, gasping for air, or wheezing

  • Chest Tightness – A squeezing or tightening in the chest area

  • Fatigue – Feeling continually worn out, not having the desire or ability to exercise 

  • Weakness – Feeling continually worn down and weak

The Lung Center of America Difference

YOU do NOT have to live with symptoms of COPD when you can live symptom-free. Many of our patients, who had experienced a decline in their quality of life, have returned to their normal active lives.

  • At LCOA, we investigate and treat the cause of the symptoms, not just the symptoms.

  • LCOA provides safe, proven, and effective treatment protocols—individualized for each patient.

  • Our COPD patients experience significant breathing relief.

  • Dr. Wagshul’s patients are rarely admitted to hospitals or need emergency treatment for breathing problems.

  • Call us today to set up a consultation! 888 788-9101

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Questions & Answers

How does a person get COPD?

There are numerous causes, but the top cause of COPD is tobacco smoking. The longer and more tobacco products you use, the more likely you will develop COPD.

Other causes include:

  • Air pollution and occupational dusts in the workplace
  • Exposure to heavy amounts of secondhand smoke and pollution
  • Frequent exposure and use of a cooking fire without needed ventilation
  • Long-term exposure to chemical irritants
  • In some cases, there is a genetic predisposition to developing COPD (A.AT disease)

COPD is a disease that, in most cases, takes a long time to develop.

Can a person with COPD get better?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease makes it increasingly difficult for a person to breathe. It is not currently possible to cure or reverse the condition completely. There’s no cure for COPD, but a person can reduce its impact by making some treatment and lifestyle changes. The Lung Center of America has helped thousands of people just like you to live life more fully by reducing the effects of COPD while treating the root cause of the problem.

What can happen if I do not seek treatment?

Untreated, COPD can lead to serious issues including an increasing progression of disease, heart issues, and worsening respiratory infections, including pneumonia and respiratory failure.

Is COPD treatable?

Yes, treatment can ease symptoms, prevent complications, and generally slow disease progression. Your healthcare team should include a pulmonologist (lung doctor) and other professionals such as respiratory and physical therapists. At the Lung Center of America, our medical director, Dr. Wagshul, is world-renowned pulmonary specialist, and along with his care team has helped thousands of people just like you.

Common Terms That Will Help You Understand COPD Better

Chronic Bronchitis

This is one type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The inflamed bronchial tubes produce a lot of mucus.


Short-acting bronchodilators are used as a "quick relief" or "rescue" medication, while long-acting bronchodilators can be used every day to control asthma.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common lung disease. Having COPD makes it difficult to breathe. There are two main forms of COPD:

  1. Chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus
  2. Emphysema, which involves damage to the lungs over time


This is the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient.


This is a long-term, progressive disease of the lungs that primarily causes shortness of breath due to destruction of the air sacs in the lung called alveoli.


An acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a sudden worsening of COPD symptoms including (shortness of breath, quantity and color of phlegm) that typically lasts for several days.


Spirometry is the most common of the pulmonary function tests. It measures the amount of air able to be breathed out forcefully. It is used to help diagnose lung diseases.