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Health SceneBY DR. MADDUR BADARINATHBronson Critical Care & Pulmonary Medicine SpecialistsCare and treatment options can provide hope for those living with COPDWhile the symptoms associated with COPD and asthma can be similar, not ev- eryone with asthma will develop COPD. In addition, not everyone with COPD has asthma.Once diagnosed, ongoing pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD patients is used to rebuild and improve both physical and breathing strength. It includes exercise, nutrition, and overall health counseling.According to the American Lung Association, more than 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from COPD. There is no cure for this common disease, but itis treatable. Early detection and prompt treatment are the keys to successful treat- ment of COPD. COPD is a progressive disease which, if left untreated, will get worse over time. The sooner a person is diagnosed and treated, the greater effect it can have on quality of life.The following are common symptoms associated with COPD:• Shortness of breath• Lingering coughChronic Obstructive Pul- monary Disease (COPD) is a med- ical term used to describe chronic or ongoing respiratory disease caused by three different typesA spirometry test can even be used to detect COPD before symptoms develop and help us gauge the results and progress of any of the medical interventions we use to treat COPD.Are you smoker who is ready to quit?Bronson Freshstart SmokingCessation programs are heldat Bronson locations throughout the year. The next Battle Creek program starts on January 14. You can register online at (search under smoking cessation) or call (800) 451-6310.of lung disorders. These include emphyse- ma, chronic bronchitis, and severe asthma. COPD makes it hard to breath and can include a chronic cough, increased pro- duction of mucus and wheezing.While most cases of COPD are caused by exposure to environmental factors such as smoking or polluted air, one type of COPD is caused by a genetic condition.A simple blood test is used to help us diagnose COPD that has a genetic back- ground.Are you at risk for COPD?Oxygen is a necessary element for your body to function in a healthy and proper way. If your lungs are unable to take in enough air on their own, some cases of COPD may call for the use of oxygen. In rare, severe cases of COPD, surgery may be suggested to help improve lung function and breathing.• Frequent respiratory infections• Blueness of lips or fingernail beds • Fatigue• Lots of mucus, phlegm, or sputum • WheezingWhat can you do to help increase your quality of life?• If you smoke, quit. Bronson offersNot every person has the same symp- toms nor is there any one best way to treat COPD. The treatment of COPD should be as individual as the person.FREE smoking cessation classes to make that transition easier. Refer to the box for upcoming dates and contact information.Treatments for COPD are focused on: • Helping you to breathe better• Vaccinations. Because respiratory ill- ness can quickly become more serious for individuals living with COPD, it’s important to be vaccinated against the flu and pneumonia. If you live with others, encourage them to be vaccinat- ed, too. This will help to keep illness at bay.• Reduce the number of flare-ups• Improve your overall quality of lifeOur jobs as physicians is to accurately diagnose the disease and work with each patient to determinehow best to manage their COPD. Many of the treatments we offer can slow down the progression of the disease,• Breathing exercises can help to strengthen lungs and improve breathing capacity.prevent further worsening of the lungs, and stabilize a patient’s overall condition.• Rehabilitation programs offer both important instruction and a crucial support system for those with breathing issues. Programs such as the American Lung Association Better Breathers Club, held at Bronson, help individuals improve their quality of life.If you suspect you have COPD, we will evaluate your symptoms, health histo- ry, conduct a health exam, and perform tests to help figure out if you have COPD. One of the tests used to diagnose COPD is a common, non-invasive office test called spirometry. Spirometry is a simple test that will help us determine how well your lungs work. You will blow into a mouth- piece that is attached to a small machine.Maddur Badarinath, MD, is a board certified physician at Bronson Critical Care & Pulmo- nary Medicine Specialists at Bronson Battle Creek. Dr. Badarinath finds great reward in watching the progress that his COPD patients are able to make through ongoing care and treatment. You can reach him at (269) 245-5100.The machine measures the amount of air you are able to blow out and howfast you are able to blow it.

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