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All About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a group of diseases that affects the lungs, making it harder for the affected person to breathe. It is progressive, getting worse as time passes. It can make the quality of life of the person suffering from it significantly lower.

Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, chronic cough, lack of energy, and unplanned weight loss, among others. These symptoms are similar to other diseases, but with COPD, these symptoms get exacerbated as time goes on.

There are a few risk factors for COPD. People who encounter tobacco smoke over the long-term, people with asthma, people exposed to chemicals and their fumes, and people who are predisposed to COPD due to genetics. In our Family Clinic in New Jersey, we advise people who are at risk of developing this disease.

One of the goals of primary medical care is the management of COPD in patients. The reason for this is that COPD can result in many complications like heart disease, lung cancer, and even depression. Luckily, like many other diseases, managing this disease can lead to a better quality of life.

Are you or a loved one experiencing any of the symptoms of COPD? The best time to act is now and don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse. It is time for a scheduled consultation with a Board-Certified internal medicine doctor in Old Bridge, New Jersey, to know whether you need to get Lung Function Tests or a Lung Ultrasound. Schedule an appointment with Vijay Patel, MD, by calling 732-709-8200, or sending an email to

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