Chronic obstructive Lung Disease (COPD)
COPD is an umbrella term used to categorized three obstructive lung disorders. These are Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, and Chronic obstructive Asthma. Each one of these disorders may present with different symptoms, however, all three often times present with 3 cardinal symptoms: Shortness of breath, cough, phlegm. COPD may progress if untreated, destroying your lung tissue and putting you at risk for recurrent lung infections, and symptom exacerbation. The main treatment for this is bronchodilation therapy/ with inhalers and nebulizing treatment. Compliance is key to maintain your symptoms under control. We will monitor your lung function with pulmonary Functions test to evaluate progression of this disease. This is a brief and very limited description of this dis-order, for more information, or evaluation, make an appointment with our office. Click on COPD tab above for more patient education.
The duration of your cough will determine its acuity. A cough lasting less than 3 weeks is acute, coughs lasting 3 weeks to 2 months will be considered sub acute, and cough lasting more than three months will be determined chronic. Cough is naturally a reflex of the human body to prevent fluid from going into your lungs. Depending on your cough acuity there maybe different cardiopulmonary disorders that can exacerbate this. Schedule an appointment to evaluate it.
Sleep Apnea may lead to inappropriate sleep patterns that may worsen your cardiac conditions, such as hypertension, atrial fibrillation, among other conditions. Sleep apnea may be classified as Central sleep apnea or as Obstructive sleep apnea. Depending on your condition, and severity, your treatment options will vary. Talk to one of our providers to evaluate your symptoms of daytime fatigue, hypersomnolence, shortness of breath, which may be indicative of Sleep apnea.