Patient Care

COPD-Overview

Emphysema and chronic obstructive bronchitis are the typical disorders under the umbrella of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). These diseases cause progressive lung function loss and shortness of breath. Similar to asthma, these diseases present with airway inflammation (but the inflammation is quite different compared to asthma and differently treated) and continuous lung destruction due to loss of air sacs (alveoli) at the end of the airways. COPD are often classified by the severity of symptoms.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD in the USA. The smoke exposure can be direct over smoking cigarettes or passive by being in a room with other people smoking cigarettes.

Most of the physicians in our division see patient with COPD.

The University of Miami Health System offers several ways to request an appointment with these physicians. You can make an appointment by calling Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time at 305-243-4000 or toll-free 1-800-432-0191. Appointments can also be requested online at: https://uhealthsystem.com/appointment and chronic obstructive bronchitis are the typical disorders under the umbrella of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). These diseases cause progressive lung function loss and shortness of breath. Similar to asthma, these diseases present with airway inflammation (but the inflammation is quite different compared to asthma and differently treated) and continuous lung destruction due to loss of air sacs (alveoli) at the end of the airways. COPD are often classified by the severity of symptoms. If you are an international patient, fill out the international patients appointment from or call 305-243-9100.

For patients with COPD interested in participation of clinical studies, please follow the link to the division’s research page Pulmonary Research for further contact information.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/copd/
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/copd/
http://www.goldcopd.com
http://www.chestnet.org/Foundation/Patient-Education-Resources/COPD
http://patients.thoracic.org/?page_id=283