What is COPD?

COPD is a group of lung conditions that block airflow. Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma and some forms of bronchiectasis are all types of COPD.

COPD symptoms vary, but typically include:

  • Frequent coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired, especially when doing daily activities and exercising
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Increased mucus in the lungs

COPD Treatments & Services

Depending on your specific condition, your treatment options may include:

  • Medications that widen your airways 
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation to strengthen the lungs
  • Oxygen treatments
  • Bronchial valve therapy (spriration valve procedure)
  • Lung surgery

Spiration Valve Procedure

You may qualify for the lung spiration valve procedure if you have advanced emphysema. Your pulmonologist may use a computed tomography (CT) scan and lung function tests to determine if this treatment is right for you.

This minimally invasive treatment places a small, umbrella-shaped valve inside the airways to improve lung function. It redirects breathed-in air away from the diseased part of the lung and to the healthier parts so that you can breathe easier.

Talk to Your Doctor

Ask your doctor for a referral to a pulmonologist at AnMed for COPD care—and start breathing better.