COPD Specialist

Family Health Center of Bastrop

Multi-Specialty Medical Group in Bastrop & Smithville, TX

An estimated 24 million people in the United States have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and about half do not have a diagnosis. At Family Health Center of Bastrop, in Bastrop and Smithville, Texas, the team of experienced providers assesses your condition to form a diagnosis and plans an effective, individualized treatment strategy. For more information about COPD and available tests and treatments, call your nearest Family Health Center of Bastrop location or schedule an appointment online today.

COPD Q & A

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to many different chronic conditions affecting your lungs that tend to get worse with time. These conditions cause inflammation throughout your airways and make it difficult to get optimal airflow through your lungs. As a result, your organs and tissues don’t get the oxygen they need to function well. This lack of oxygen can lead to a variety of symptoms and complications. 

With help from the physicians at Family Health Center of Bastrop, COPD is both preventable and treatable. Proactive wellness plans and advanced testing can help you get an early diagnosis and change your lifestyle to improve your lung health. You can also access treatments for your COPD to improve your symptoms. 

What are some common COPD symptoms?

COPD comes in stages with worsening symptoms at each stage. Early signs might seem mild enough to ignore. You might mistake your coughing, occasional shortness of breath, and clearing your throat often for the common cold. As the condition progresses, you might experience:

  • Consistent shortness of breath
  • Tightness in your chest 
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing with or without mucus
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Weight loss
  • Swollen feet and ankles

Symptoms are worse if you smoke or if someone close to you smokes near you often. Very late stages of COPD require immediate medical care and can cause fainting, a racing heartbeat, and blue tones in your fingers, toes, and lips indicating low oxygen in your blood. 

How is COPD diagnosed?

When you visit Family Health Center of Bastrop with symptoms of COPD, your physician asks about your symptoms and whether you smoke. They ask about any potentially harmful chemical fumes at your workplace or near your home, then perform a physical exam.

Although there isn’t one definitive test for COPD, many respiratory tests can provide insight into your lung functioning and help with a diagnosis. Your provider might recommend getting an X-ray, CT scan, or a noninvasive lung functioning test called spirometry. 

How is COPD treated?

The team at Family Health Center of Bastrop develops a personalized treatment plan for your COPD to improve your symptoms. In most cases, effective COPD treatment involves multiple approaches. Your treatment plan might include:

  • A healthy diet plan
  • Medications (inhaled bronchodilators, corticosteroids)
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Lifestyle changes (mild exercise, avoiding smoke and fumes)
  • Lung surgery

Generally, the team recommends a conservative approach before recommending surgery for COPD. They detail the stage of your condition and tell you which changes you can expect in your day-to-day life. 

If you have symptoms of COPD and require testing for a diagnosis, don’t hesitate to book an appointment by phone or online at Family Health Center of Bastrop today.