Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, is a serious lung condition that causes breathing difficulties that worsen over time. There are two main types: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. In chronic bronchitis, a person’s airways are inflamed, which leads to increased mucus production, airway narrowing, shortness of breath, and a cough. In emphysema, the lungs’ air sacs are damaged, depriving the body of oxygen. Smoking is the most common cause of COPD.
NYU Langone doctors provide expert diagnosis and treatment of lung conditions like COPD. At the nationally renowned Rusk Rehabilitation, people with COPD work with physical therapists and exercise physiologists to improve their symptoms and quality of life.
Treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Our pulmonologists and lung rehabilitation experts collaborate to manage COPD. They prescribe medication, as well as pulmonary rehabilitation, to relieve symptoms and slow further decline in lung function.
Lifestyle Changes for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseLifestyle changes can help manage the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Medication for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseMedication may help manage COPD symptoms such as shortness of breath and coughing.
Medical Therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseasePulmonary rehabilitation and other therapies may help control COPD symptoms.
Our Research and Education in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.