In this Wellness Hour video, host Randy Alvarez talks to pulmonologist, Dr. Cedric Rutland, about the treatment options available for people who suffer from COPD, and in particular, emphysema, and how lifestyle changes and medication will improve patients’ quality of life.
Rutland explains that most of the patients he sees present with the symptom of shortness of breath and gives a layman’s description of how emphysema affects the lungs. He discusses medications and treatments available for emphysema patients and how lifestyle changes, especially quitting smoking, can dramatically improve the overall health of a patient with COPD and how important early intervention is for patients’ prognosis.
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