Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is an umbrella term that is mainly characterized as a long-term lung condition that obstructs an individual’s breathing. It is estimated that 30 million people in the U.S. are living with COPD – in Illinois, COPD prevalence is hovering around 6% of the population. If you have COPD, you need ongoing, chronic care to monitor and manage your condition. Rapid Healthcare offers COPD treatment at our primary care clinic in Bolingbrook, IL.
COPD is not one respiratory condition but includes multiple types of lung health concerns. Some of the common types of COPD include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The usual symptoms that are associated with COPD are long-term coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest, frequent colds, feeling fatigued and low in energy and swollen feet and legs. However, each patient may have different symptoms, requiring different forms of treatment.
Diagnosing and Managing COPD
COPD is diagnosed using specific tests and imaging. Tests like using a spirometer measure lung function, which can help determine if you have COPD. Another test that may be used is the diffusing capacity for lungs (DLCO) which can help identify what stage your disease is in. Imaging may also be ordered to examine your lungs and rule out other possible conditions that may be affecting your lungs.
Different tests and treatments are available through our clinic such as pulmonary function tests, chest x-ray, some laboratory tests, lung volume surgery and lung transplant. Intervention and prevention programs such as pulmonary rehabilitation and patient education are also available in the clinic. Considering that each COPD case is different, the clinic emphasizes individual care throughout the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment process. We have personalized treatment options available in our primary care setting with the convenience of a walk-in facility when you need same day medical attention.
If you have symptoms of COPD, or you already have been diagnosed, COPD treatment and management are available at Rapid Healthcare. Contact our clinic in Bolingbrook, IL, to schedule an appointment to learn more about managing your chronic lung condition.