COPD Specialist

Mercy Clinic

Rexford Agbenohevi, MD

Internist & Aesthetic Specialist located in Cookeville, TN

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be a frustrating and challenging illness that requires knowledgeable, expert care. Rexford Agbenohevi, MD, and the team at Mercy Clinic in Cookeville, Tennessee, offer holistic, integrated treatment for COPD, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. For a consultation regarding your respiratory disorder, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

COPD Q & A

What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

COPD is a term that refers to a group of progressive respiratory disorders that includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. COPD disrupts the airflow through your lungs and hinders the delivery of oxygen to the rest of your body.

According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 12 million adults in the United States suffer from COPD. It causes around 120,000 deaths a year, which means that COPD is increasingly more common as compared to past decades.

There is currently no cure for COPD.  With holistic care and treatment, however, it is possible to slow the progression of your symptoms and reduce your risks of having long-term complications. 

What are some COPD related illnesses?

The most common COPD related illness are:

Emphysema

Emphysema damages the alveoli, or air pockets of the lungs. This damage causes air to become trapped in the lungs and prevents adequate oxygen from reaching the bloodstream.

Chronic bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis blocks the bronchi, which are the central airways of the lungs. This blockage is due to swelling, irritation, and excessive mucus of the airways.

Refractory asthma

Refractory, or irreversible, asthma is a type of asthma that doesn’t respond to traditional medical treatments. Asthma causes the bronchial airways to tighten up and swell.

The leading causes of COPD are smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. Other significant factors include a family history of COPD and repeated exposure to chemicals, dust, and harmful fumes.

What are the symptoms of COPD?

The most common symptom of different forms of COPD is progressive breathlessness or difficulty breathing over time. Other symptoms include:

  • Activity and exercise intolerance
  • Chest heaviness and tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Blue lips or fingers
  • Generalized fatigue
  • Frequent respiratory infections

If you have these symptoms, you should contact the experts at Mercy Clinic, who assess, diagnose, and treat your COPD using a holistic, integrative approach.

What are the treatments for COPD?

After the initial evaluation and assessment, Dr. Agbenohevi and the Mercy Clinic team creates a customized treatment plan to slow the progression of your symptoms and help you live a full life despite your chronic illness.

Treatment plans include:

  • Diagnostic testing
  • Flu and pneumonia vaccines
  • Inhaler medications 
  • Oral medications, including steroids and antibiotics
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Long-term monitoring
  • Physical examination
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation

Mercy Clinic offers expert diagnosis, holistic treatments, and ongoing disease monitoring, so you are never alone on your COPD journey.

For a consultation regarding your COPD symptoms, call or schedule an appointment online with Mercy Clinic today.