What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the common name for a group of lung conditions that causes breathing difficulties. It includes:
Emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs
Chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation in the airways
The most commonly affected are smokers of the middle-aged group or seniors. Many do not realize the presence of COPD until the gradually worsening of breathing takes place. It can limit your regular activities, although treatment can help to keep the condition under control.
What Are The Symptoms of COPD?
- Increased breathlessness, especially when active
- Persistent chest cough with phlegm (some dismiss this as “smoker’s cough”)
- Frequent chest infections
- Persistent wheezing
How Can You Get Your COPD Tested?
If you have noticed any of the symptoms above, you can contact the specialists at Springfield Medical Clinic to test for COPD. Our healthcare team will perform breathing tests to rule out conditions like asthma and also assess your symptoms through a chest x-ray and blood test. According to the diagnosis, suitable treatments will be recommended.