Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects about 15.7 million Americans. At the office of James R. Tryon M.D. PC, internal medicine specialist Edmee Rodriguez, M.D. diagnoses and helps you manage this chronic lung disease that affects your breathing ability. Call the office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, today to book your appointment.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an all-encompassing diagnosis, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These lung diseases cause patients to have trouble breathing and experience airflow blockages.
There’s no cure for COPD, but management keeps its symptoms from worsening. When COPD becomes severe, it interferes with your quality of life in a critical way. Walking, climbing stairs, and even daily chores become difficult or impossible because of your breathing limitations.
Dr. Rodriguez evaluates your health history and breathing capacity to diagnose COPD.
Symptoms of the condition include:
If you notice these symptoms, make an appointment today at James Tryon, M.D. PC. Early interventions can slow the condition’s progress.
Things that put you at greater risk of COPD include:
If you’re a smoker, quit immediately. This is the primary way to prevent COPD from developing.
If you come to Dr. Rodriguez with symptoms of COPD, you’ll undergo several tests and procedures, including spirometry, which measures how much air you breathe in and out, and a chest X-ray. A chest X-ray gives the doctor a clearer picture of your lungs so that she can rule out issues like pneumonia.
If you have symptoms that suggest advanced COPD, the doctor might also order a CT scan for a more detailed evaluation of your lungs and other organs.
COPD can’t be cured, but medical treatment helps lessen the symptoms. Treatments include:
Dr. Rodriguez also makes lifestyle recommendations to help you learn to live with COPD.
Call the office of James R. Tryon, M.D. PC, if you have symptoms of COPD.