Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects millions of Americans and is the third leading cause of disease-related deaths in the country. Gerald D. Rana, Jr., DO, DPH, of Rana’s Family Medical Clinic in Wilburton, Oklahoma, is a board-certified family physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating COPD — a long-term lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. If COPD is interfering with your life, Dr. Rana can help you manage it with lifestyle changes and effective treatments. Call the office for an appointment, or book online. Same-day appointments are usually available.
COPD describes a group of progressive lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis, nonreversible asthma, and emphysema. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is currently incurable and progressive, meaning it continues to become more difficult to breathe over time. However, it’s possible to manage COPD and learn how to breathe better, so you can improve your quality of life long term.
The main cause of COPD is tobacco smoking. Years of smoking makes the bronchial tubes and air sacs in your lungs lose their elasticity and over-expand. As a result, when you exhale, some air stays trapped in your lungs.
In addition to years of smoking cigarettes, other factors that increase your risk for COPD include:
If you develop COPD, it also puts you at a higher risk for respiratory infections, heart problems, lung cancer, and high blood pressure.
There are different types of COPD and therefore different symptoms, but some of the signs to watch for include:
Since the main cause of COPD is smoking, one of the best ways to prevent the disease later in life is to quit smoking now. Even if you’ve tried to quit in the past, but were unsuccessful, Dr. Rana can help you take the steps you need to successfully leave cigarettes behind for good.
Dr. Rana may prescribe medications to treat your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and reduce the associated complications that come with this condition. Bronchodilators typically come in the form of inhalers and help relax the muscles around your airways, so you can breathe more easily. Bronchodilators relieve coughing and shortness of breath.
Additionally, you may need corticosteroid medications to reduce airway inflammation or antibiotics to address accompanying respiratory infections. If you don’t have enough oxygen in your blood, Dr. Rana may prescribe oxygen therapy. Depending on your symptoms and the severity of your COPD, Dr. Rana customizes a treatment plan so you can improve your quality of life, even though you have a chronic condition.
To learn more about COPD and how to manage it effectively, call Rana’s Family Medical Clinic, or use the online booking feature to request an appointment. Same-day appointments are often available.