COPD / Emphysema

COPD / Emphysema

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Video: Edmundo Rubio, M.D., chief of Carilion Clinic Pulmonology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine discusses COPD.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD, usually caused by cigarette smoking or long-term exposure to other lung irritants, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are considered COPD.

Carilion's Virginia COPD program includes:

  • Diagnosis and management of breathing disorders related mostly to cigarette smoking, but also due to other exposures, such as wood stoves
  • Pulmonary Function Testing to include evaluation of the capacity of the lungs to exchange oxygen
  • Evaluation of the response to bronchodilator therapy
  • Assessments for the need of oxygen therapy

For more information about our COPD program, please call 540-985-8505.

To learn more about COPD, the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and treatment options, watch this video from our health and wellness library.

Pictured above is a comparison between normal healthy air sacs and those effected by emphysema.

If you are concerned about COPD, always talk to your doctor about your concerns. Here are some questions you may want to consider asking.