Approximately 16 million people in the United States are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but researchers believe the real number is much higher due to lack of awareness. At Family First Wellness, Samantha Lindsay, MD, has extensive experience helping her patients in Lutz, Florida, breathe easier in the face of COPD and asthma. To learn more about your treatment options for COPD, call or use the online scheduling tool.
COPD is a catchall term for conditions that make it hard for you to breathe, such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or asthma. Under normal circumstances, when you breathe in, your airways deliver the air to your lungs, which is equipped with bronchial tubes and smaller bronchioles to get the air to your alveoli, or air sacs. These tiny air sacs are ultimately responsible for the gas exchange between your lungs and your blood, releasing oxygen into your blood and removing carbon dioxide.
With COPD, there’s a problem in this system that makes it hard for you to breathe, including when:
COPD is progressive, so the earlier you address the problem at Family First Wellness, the better able you are to fight back.
The primary culprit behind COPD is cigarette smoking, which can greatly damage the tissues in your lungs. But up to 25% of people with COPD have never smoked, which means the condition can stem from:
This last problem is fairly rare, but if you’ve developed unexplained COPD, this genetic disorder may be behind the problem.
The overriding goal at Family First Wellness is to help you breathe easier again. After an extensive evaluation of your lungs and airways, Dr. Lindsay comes up with a treatment plan that best addresses your underlying problem. There are great medications that can offer on-the-spot relief, such as bronchodilators and steroids, but lifestyle changes are key to helping you better manage COPD and asthma.
If you’re a smoker, the first order of business is quitting and Dr. Lindsay helps you accomplish this. It’s also important to exercise — your lungs rely on elasticity to perform well so you need to do your part to keep them working.
Rest assured, Dr. Lindsay works with you until your symptoms are under control and you’re able to lead a more active life.
For expert treatment of your COPD, call Family First Wellness or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.