COPD & Exacerbations
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a group of lung diseases that block air flow and cause breathing-related issues with 3 million cases per year. The two most common conditions include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The key to treating COPD is preventing it from progressing from mild to severe and very severe stages. Please contact our clinics in Livingston, Shepherd, Onalaska, Trinity, Woodville, Splendora and Kingwood locations.
What is the 6-minute walk test for COPD?
The 6-minute walk test is a simple way to test how your heart and lungs respond to light exercise. During the test, you or a friend should monitor your blood pressure, pulse rate and oxygen saturation.
How do you know if your COPD is getting worse?
Most people report increasing breathlessness, wheezing, coughing and fatigue. However, if these are acute changes you might be having an early exacerbation and need to seek medical help asap.
What are three signs of a COPD exacerbation?
It is an increase of shortness of breath, sputum production and sputum purulence. It can be a life-threatening event and you need to seek medical help.
What is the treatment of COPD exacerbation?
Short-acting beta-agonists is the drug therapy for acute exacerbations. In our clinics, the providers are trained in treatment of an acute exacerbation which include anything from a simple nebulizer treatment to IV therapy with antibiotic and steroids.