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COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is an irreversible lung condition. COPD results in swollen airways in the lungs, blocking the flow of air. At Midwest Chest Consultants, our highly skilled pulmonologists in St. Charles, Missouri and their team specialize in diagnosing and treating lung conditions including COPD. We also conduct clinical trials for COPD and encourage our patients to find out if they may be a candidate for these important research studies.

COPD Symptoms

The main symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and a reduced ability to perform physical activities. As the condition becomes worse, the ability to breathe can become more difficult, and your energy will decrease even more. You can also experience immense weight loss and COPD can affect your heart function.

COPD Causes

The most common cause of COPD is cigarette smoking. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are common forms of COPD that result in swelling in the lungs’ airways and can destroy structures in the lungs.

COPD Diagnosis

First we’ll perform a detailed health history and physical examination. Then we’ll conduct tests that may include a breathing test, chest X-ray, high-resolution computerized tomography scan, and/or pulmonary function testing.

COPD Treatments

The most important thing you can do is to quit smoking, if you haven’t already. We can also prescribe medications to help your breathing, and respiratory therapy to show you how to optimize your breath.

If you have severe COPD, you may need a breathing tube, breathing device, lung reduction surgery, or lung transplant surgery.

Effective Treatment Options for COPD in St. Charles, MO

Do you have COPD? The providers at Midwest Chest Consultants can evaluate your condition, recommend effective treatments to help you breathe easier, and manage your condition for the long term. We see patients from St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon, Wintsville, Warrenton, Wright City, and Troy, Missouri. Call us at (636) 946-1650 to schedule an appointment or request one online.