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What Is the Medical Condition COPD?

22 Aug 2017
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What Is the Medical Condition COPD?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a medical condition that may involve lung scarring, inflammation, an overproduction of mucus and a gradual loss of elasticity in the airways. There are actually several conditions, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, that are considered to be forms of COPD. These conditions can affect people in different ways, although symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing and a chronic cough are extremely common among individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

There are a variety of medical treatments for COPD, although none are capable of reversing lung damage. Instead, the goal of treatment is usually to minimize a person’s symptoms and help him or her maintain an acceptable quality of life. This can be achieved through:

  • Respiratory therapy
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Prescription medications
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Lung transplant surgery

Lifestyle choices, such as exercising and avoiding tobacco products, can also benefit individuals with COPD. Being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia and the flu can also reduce a person’s likelihood of contracting these conditions, which can significantly worsen the symptoms of COPD.

Some people also choose to supplement these COPD treatments with one or more alternative therapies, such as cellular therapy. At the Lung Institute, we perform cellular therapy that uses a patient’s own blood. These therapies have the potential to stimulate the body’s natural healing process, which can potentially reduce inflammation and slow the progression of the disease. For many individuals, this leads to a significant improvement in quality of life.

To learn more about COPD and the various treatments that may be available to you, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065. We are the only cellular therapy center in the world that focuses on the treatment of lung diseases, and we’d be happy to help you or a loved one explore your options.

* Every patient is given a Patient Satisfaction Survey shortly after treatment. Responses to the 11-question survey are aggregated to determine patient satisfaction with the delivery of treatment.

^ Quality of Life Survey data measured the patient’s self-assessed quality of life and measurable quality of improvement at three months.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.

Each patient is different. Results may vary.