Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Advanced treatment for COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) refers to various lung disorders, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Like most pulmonary conditions, COPD makes it difficult to breathe, and over time causes lung tissue to deteriorate.

Our pulmonary specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating COPD so that you can breathe easier and live an active life. We are also leaders across the nation in the research of new COPD therapies.

COPD symptoms

Much like other pulmonary conditions, the symptoms of COPD include:

  • Progressive shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Excess phlegm

Diagnosis and treatment

COPD is generally diagnosed with a pulmonary function test which includes various types of tests that are used to determine different pulmonary issues.
If you are diagnosed with COPD, your doctor may recommend some combination of these treatment options:

  • Quit Smoking: The leading cause of COPD is smoking, and quitting is the most effective – and important -- treatment. Our Henry Ford Tobacco Treatment Services provides several methods to help you quit.
  • Medicines: These include inhaled bronchodilators and inhaled steroids.
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise programs relieve some of the symptoms of COPD.
  • Prevention of Infection: Annual vaccines are important to prevent the flu and pneumonia, which can worsen COPD symptoms.
  • Surgery: Lung volume reduction surgery or lung transplantation may be done to help you feel better.


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