Welcome to Integra Health, Temecula’s choice for the management of pulmonary health and wellness. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a chronic lung disease that makes it challenging to breathe or deliver much-needed oxygen throughout your body. COPD results from long-term exposure to irritating gases or breathing in particulates. Bronchitis and emphysema are the two most common contributing conditions that result in COPD. This disease is extremely uncomfortable and affects millions of Americans. It is the third-leading cause of disease-related deaths in the United States. However, COPD is preventable and, with the right care, is manageable.

At Integra Health, we offer information, resources, and tools to help our patients understand the proper treatment and lifestyle changes that need to be made to live with COPD successfully.
It can be challenging to recognize the symptoms of COPD until the illness has already progressed into later stages. Shortness of breath can be brushed off as simply “getting older,” or out of shape, but this is an important symptom of lung disease that should not be overlooked. If you believe you may be at risk for COPD, or experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to schedule a pulmonary evaluation:

  • Chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath without exercise
  • Repeat respiratory infections
  • Bluish tinting of the fingernail beds or lips — cyanosis
  • Fatigue
  • Large amounts of mucus
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Swelling in ankles, feet, or legs

We are here to help you. Get in touch today to schedule your appointment with our respiratory team.

Understanding COPD

COPD is not just a minor irritating condition that makes it difficult to catch your breath but can cause a variety of complications if it is not managed. Those who suffer from COPD are at an increased risk for:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Heart complications including cardiac disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Depression

To improve your outcomes, you can manage symptoms and seek medical attention sooner to avoid worsening conditions. Knowing your risks is also important. Leading risk factors include:

  • Cigarette smoking or long-term exposure to cigarette smoke
  • History of asthma
  • Occupational exposure to chemical fumes, vapors, and dust
  • Exposure to toxic fumes
  • Increasing age
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

If you think you may be at risk or have experienced any of the symptoms listed, contact the team at Integra Health for a pulmonary evaluation.