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How Avi Medical can help you

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a permanent disease of the lungs. Depending on the severity of the COPD, there are different treatments. Our Avi Medical doctors can best define which can best help you with your COPD disease with a few tests.
Smoking is the main risk factor for COPD. Therefore, the most important thing is to completely stop smoking. Our Avi Medical doctors can also provide you with good support here.

Throughout your entire COPD treatment, our doctors are your constant companion and are always there for you.


What is COPD?

COPD stands for the English abbreviation of the term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In German: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Smoking is the main risk factor for the development of this inflammatory lung disease. Further risks include occupational inhalation of dust (e.g. in mining), general air pollution, frequent respiratory infections Childhood and certain, rare childhood respiratory diseases.
In order to better understand how COPD affects the respiratory tract, it is important to know "normal" breathing: The lungs are built like an upside down tree with the trachea as the trunk. From there the air travels via two large main branches and many small branches, the bronchi, to the "leaves", the so-called alveoli. From there the oxygen travels into the blood. This exchange only works in the alveoli. That's why it's so important that the breathing air can flow there unhindered.
COPD is an infection of the lower respiratory tract, as the bronchi are constantly narrowed. The alves in the lungs are partially destroyed and overinflated like small balloons. This hyperinflation cannot be reversed.

What are possible symptoms?

In the beginning the disease is often gradual. You may only complain of a daily cough, sometimes with sputum. Shortness of breath is sometimes only noticed during physical work. It is only in the late stages of the disease that the feeling of shortness of breath can occur, even when resting, for example while sleeping.

Many patients have had these complaints for years but do not take them seriously or suppress them. There is a risk that the disease will remain undetected, will not be treated and will continue to progress. At Avi Medical we want to prevent this and counteract it at the first symptoms.

Treatment of COPD at Avi Medical

To diagnose COPD, we carry out a lung function test in order to be able to precisely measure your current lung and breathing volume. Simply put, we measure the maximum amount of air that can be exhaled in one second (FEV1). The greater the narrowing, the lower the exhaled volume.
When treating COPD, medications and non-drug treatment methods are used complement each other. Which treatment is necessary depends on how severe your COPD disease is.
The most important thing is to avoid pollutants such as smoking or dust. This prevents further progression of COPD and reduces the risk of acute deterioration.
Our doctors will be happy to discuss with you what medication options there are for COPD therapy during our consultation hours. There is the option of administration of bronchodilators, which are defined as basic medications for COPD. Bronchodilators expand the airways (bronchi) and are usually administered as a spray. The administration of cortisone preparations is also possible. They are usually used to prevent acute exacerbations (COPD flare-ups).
In severe cases, your Avi Medical doctor will discuss long-term oxygen therapy with you.

With With the right inhalation therapy, our goal is to alleviate stressful symptoms such as coughing, sputum and shortness of breath and to increase your quality of life again.

In addition, it is important that you take care of your health. Physical exercise, a balanced diet and learning breathing techniques are just a few options for your health Getting COPD under control.
No matter which therapy is best for you and your COPD, our Avi Medical doctors are always at your side.

Regularly measuring and monitoring your COPD is a preventive measure to detect long-term changes. For this reason, it is important that you come to one of our Avi Medical practices for regular checks. This is the only way we can get your COPD under control together and enable you to live a carefree, healthy life.