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Understanding COPD

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: How common is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?
Air Date: 11/19/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Albert Rizzo, MD
Albert RizzoAlbert A. Rizzo, M.D., is the American Lung Association's leading medical authority. Having served as the Chair of the Lung Association's National Board of Directors, Dr. Rizzo is the key medical advisor to the American Lung Association and a leading media spokesperson for the Association.

Dr. Rizzo is Chief of the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware, and a member of Christiana Care Pulmonary Associates. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in Philadelphia, where he obtained his medical degree and completed his residency in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Rizzo received his specialty training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians and a Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

His out-patient practice covers general pulmonary and sleep medicine disorders and includes a strong interest in asthma, COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation, lung cancer and obstructive sleep apnea.
Understanding COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes an obstructed airflow from your lungs.

COPD is a debilitating worldwide health problem. There are millions of people who die prematurely from the disease or from complications of COPD.

What are the symptoms of COPD?

Unfortunately, COPD symptoms don't occur until damage has already been done. Some of the symptoms include shortness of breath, tightening in the chest, wheezing, chronic cough, blueness of the lips or fingernail beds, lack of energy, and unintended weight loss.

What are the treatment options that are currently available?

Listen in as Albert Rizzo, MD, shares everything you need to know about COPD.
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