Expert Answers to Top COPD FAQs


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.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS

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