Treating Breathing Diseases at BIDMC

The COPD and Emphysema Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a leader in multidisciplinary treatment of lung diseases.

DocXrayChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) encompasses a group of lung diseases, most commonly emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema damages the air sacs and causes the lungs to be hyperinflated, while chronic bronchitis causes plugging and narrowing of the airways.

These diseases cause breathing to become increasingly difficult. Eventually, COPD leads to shortness of breath, anxiety and, because taking a breath is such hard work, exhaustion may set in. Since the natural response of being short of breath is to reduce activity, many patients with COPD and emphysema become “out of shape,” which impairs breathing even further when walking or carrying items.

At BIDMC, we offer promising new treatments for those with advanced COPD and emphysema. Our team of specialists work together to provide expert diagnosis and care. Our goal is to help you avoid hospitalizations and trips to the emergency room, and to improve your overall comfort and quality of life.

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