Expert Answers to Top COPD FAQs

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Vijay Patel, MD, FCCP

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COPD can be a difficult condition to live with, but with the right doctor and treatment, you can extend and enhance your life.

Piedmont Healthcare pulmonologist Vijay Patel, MD, FCCP, answers common questions he hears from his patients about treating COPD.


1. Q: What is COPD?

A: COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, is an umbrella diagnosis for emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and some other lung disease processes. We tend to think of COPD as a disease mainly affecting patients who have had a history of smoking, and while that’s one of the major correlations, it’s not the only thing that causes it.

Scott Marlow, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Director at the Cleveland Clinic, demonstrates several breathing exercises for people with COPD that will help you get moving again.

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