Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Karachi
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an inflammatory condition of the airways. It is generally characterized by breathing difficulties and can present as emphysema or as chronic bronchitis (or both). The condition is widespread and can affect anyone but tends to be more commonly found among smokers or ex-smokers, those with a history of long-term exposure to certain chemicals or dust and is prevalent in mid to older age groups.
The condition often goes unnoticed in the earlier sages, but tends to progress and worsen over time causing permanent irreversible lung damage.
Main signs of COPD include:
- Shortness of breath/breathlessness (with or without exertion)
- Coughing including “smokers cough”
- Recurring, frequent chest infections
Untreated COPD can escalate to more severe symptoms, as well as leading to other serious complications including pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer and even heart disease. It is extremely important to diagnose and address the condition early.
COPD damage is not reversible but the condition can be slowed and managed effectively. It requires treatment to help limit lung damage, control symptoms and improve quality of life for sufferers. Treatment for COPD is multi-layered and includes use of prescription medication and inhalers, as well as rehabilitation programs. Surgery is an option only in a limited number of cases.
Beyond medical treatment, the condition requires lifestyle adjustments, especially stopping smoking and avoiding exposure to irritants. Preventive vaccination to protect the patient from triggering infections such as flu or other respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 is also highly advised.
Timely assessment and treatment of COPD improves patient outcomes therefore it is imperative to not ignore any signs of COPD and discuss any concerns with your doctor.
The Chest Clinic – Dr. Javed Husain & Associate in Karachi is at your disposal for assistance with COPD and other lung conditions. Our Chief Pulmonologist Dr. Javed Husain is a United States trained, triple US board certified chest specialist, certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine. Dr. Javed Husain has well over twenty years of experience treating a diverse array of chest diseases. He is licensed to practice medicine in both the United States and in Pakistan. Consultations with Dr. Javed Husain are available both in person and online. You can call or WhatsApp a request for an appointment at +92 301 847 9066.
We value the trust our patients place in us and our team at The Chest Clinic- Dr. Javed Husain & Associates aims to provide the best possible, ethical, timely, compassionate and up to date care for every single patient.