What is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common lung condition that can cause shortness of breath. Also known as emphysema, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
COPD is a chronic respiratory disease that is considered progressive over time. Although it is most commonly caused by smoking, it can also be due to exposure to a variety of toxic gases or to genetic abnormalities.
We are committed to improving the lives of our patients with COPD. Our priorities are to alleviate symptoms and improve the function of our patients’ everyday lives.
As part of an academic tertiary referral clinic, UT Physicians offers state-of-the-art, evidence-based management of COPD. Current COPD options include:
- Confirmation of the COPD diagnosis
- Genetic testing, if applicable
- Medication selection according to national/international guidelines
- Patient education on “how to use your inhaler”
- Long term oxygen therapy, if applicable
- Smoking cessation therapies/strategies
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
Also, in collaboration with our colleagues at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center (TMC), we offer advanced therapies for selected patients including lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplantation.
Our clinic is also involved in cutting-edge research. We are the only clinic in Houston to be involved in a large clinical trial involving Hemolung technology in advanced COPD patients.
- UT Physicians Internal Medicine – Texas Medical Center
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77030
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