Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects millions of Americans and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. It is a chronic lung condition – sometimes called emphysema or chronic bronchitis – that makes it difficult to breathe.
With COPD, the airways in your lungs become thickened and inflamed, creating less space for air to flow. In turn, this makes it more difficult to get oxygen into your lungs and carbon dioxide out of your body. Over time, this problem worsens, leaving you with shortness of breath, difficulty breathing during normal activities, and an inability to catch your breath while exercising.
The major cause of COPD is cigarette smoking. Other causes of COPD include long-term exposure to chemicals, dust, and pollutants in the air where you work or live.
If you experience shortness of breath or have a history of smoking, visit Dr. Mahmood at North Jersey Pulmonary Associates for a thorough examination. He will listen to your lungs for abnormal sounds that may indicate lung disease, and perform a variety of pulmonary function tests to determine the overall condition of your lungs.
With testing, Dr. Mahmood will give the treatment that you need to prevent or slow the progression of COPD including pulmonary rehabilitation to improve your breathing, exercise training, nutrition advice, and counseling. The best way to prevent COPD is to stop smoking and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke, chemicals, and pollutants. In other cases, Dr. Mahmood may recommend supplemental oxygen, surgery, or medications to manage side effects of COPD.
With three convenient locations in Paterson, Secaucus, and Totowa, NJ, Dr. Mahmood and his staff are dedicated to effectively treating COPD, in order to maintain your better lung health. Use online booking now, or call the office to schedule an appointment.