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Barry J Weinberg, MD

Pulmonary Medicine

Our Services / COPD and Emphysema

COPD and Emphysema services offered in New York, NY

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and emphysema are incurable lung diseases, but expert treatment can slow their progression and help you stay active. At his New York City practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, experienced pulmonologist Barry J Weinberg, MD, offers expert care for patients with COPD. With his help, you can manage your condition and remain active. To find out more about specialized care for COPD and emphysema, call the office of Barry J Weinberg, MD, today or book an appointment online.


COPD and Emphysema Q & A

What are COPD and emphysema?

Emphysema is one of three conditions that come under the umbrella of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Emphysema damages the alveoli (air pockets) in your lungs. Air becomes trapped in the lungs, so you find it hard to breathe. When you’re not taking in enough air, your body doesn’t get the oxygen needed to function properly.

 

Chronic bronchitis

Bronchitis is common after a cold or flu but should clear up in about two weeks. Some people have bronchitis that persists or recurs frequently. It blocks the central airways in your lungs (the bronchi) with mucus, causing irritation and swelling.

Smoking and breathing in large quantities of second-hand smoke is the primary cause of COPD. Other COPD risk factors include having family members with the disease and prolonged exposure to toxic fumes or dust.

What symptoms do COPD and emphysema cause?

COPD and emphysema symptoms include:

  • Tightness and heaviness in your chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Frequent respiratory infections

Without the proper treatment, COPD could be life-threatening. Dr. Weinberg offers a range of therapies that improve your quality of life and increase life expectancy.

How is COPD diagnosed?

Dr. Weinberg has fully equipped diagnostic facilities on-site. Following a physical exam and a medical history review, the doctor uses one or more tests to diagnose your COPD, such as:

 

Spirometry

Spirometry is the first pulmonary function test that is performed. It measures how much air you breathe and how quickly you exhale.

Lung Volume Testing

Lung volume testing measures the volume of air you can retain in your lungs.

How are COPD and emphysema treated?

If your test results indicate you have COPD, Dr. Weinberg prepares a personalized treatment program for you which might include:

  • Inhaled medications
  • Antibiotics for bacterial infections
  • Oral steroids (anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Flu and pneumonia immunization
  • Supplementary oxygen

There’s no cure for COPD and emphysema, but these treatments help you stay more active and live longer.

For expert COPD and emphysema treatment, call Barry J Weinberg, MD, today or book an appointment online.