Take a deep breath — and call us if you can’t
When you cannot breathe well, little else matters, and you need to see a pulmonologist, or expert in treating medical conditions that affect the lungs. Asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer and many other conditions can affect breathing and lung function.
What causes COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)?
COPD does not develop suddenly, but occurs very slowly over time. It’s caused by:
- Smoking. This is the main cause.
- Exposure to air pollution, such as chemical fumes, dust, and other substances
- Irritating fumes and dusts at work
- A rare, inherited form of the disease called alpha 1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency-related pulmonary emphysema, or early onset pulmonary emphysema. AAT is produced by the liver and is a “lung protector.” Nearly all people without AAT develop emphysema.
- Dr. Nanjappa Somanna
- Dr. Miguel Pardinas