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Pulmonology, Sleep Medicine & Internal Medicine located in Bearden, Farragut, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Athens, and Johnson City, TN

COPD services offered in Bearden, Farragut, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Athens and Johnson City, TN

More than 15 million Americans can’t catch their breath because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If you can’t control a persistent cough or wheezing, schedule a diagnostic evaluation for COPD at StatCare. The experienced pulmonologists offer lung function testing on-site to confirm COPD. They also customize a treatment plan using medications, lifestyle changes, and supplemental oxygen therapy to improve your lung function and prevent your symptoms from worsening. Call the office in Knoxville, Oak Ridge, or Athens, Tennessee, to schedule a COPD consultation or book an appointment online today. 

COPD Q&A

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that affects breathing. Under the umbrella of COPD are two inflammatory lung conditions: emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

 

Emphysema

Emphysema describes inflammation in the alveoli — the air sacs at the end of the small air passages in your lungs.

 

Chronic bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis describes inflammation in the lining of your bronchial tubes that carry air to and from the alveoli of your lungs.

Your risk for COPD increases significantly if you smoke. You might also be at a higher risk for emphysema or chronic bronchitis because of genetic factors, exposure to dust or fumes in the workplace, or exposure to secondhand smoke.

People with asthma, another type of chronic lung condition, may also be prone to developing COPD.

When should I seek help for COPD?

If you experience a sudden shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, or confusion, you should call 911 or go to the nearest hospital for immediate treatment.

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation for COPD at StatCare if you have persistent symptoms, such as:

  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles, or feet

COPD can also cause a chronic cough that produces clear, yellow, or green mucus.

The pulmonary specialists offer lung function tests on-site to measure how much air you can move in and out of your lungs. They may also order a chest X-ray to identify other lung abnormalities that interfere with your ability to breathe.

How is COPD treated?

In the early stages of COPD, StatCare can help you quit smoking for good to prevent a worsening of your condition. You should also avoid exposure to chemicals, secondhand smoke, and other lung irritants.

If you experience wheezing or shortness of breath, you might need to take oral or inhaled medications to reduce inflammation in your lungs.

When your COPD symptoms are more severe, your lung specialist may recommend oxygen therapy. An oxygen tank delivers supplemental oxygen through a face mask or nasal plugs to help you breathe easier. 

Those who need oxygen therapy might also be a candidate for a pulmonary rehabilitation program that offers resources for diet, exercises, and other activities to strengthen lung health.

Don’t delay a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of COPD. Call the StatCare office near you or book an appointment online today.

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