COPD Specialist

Matthew J. Markey, M.D., P.A.

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine located in Cumming, GA

If you suffer from chronic coughing and shortness of breath, you may have a condition known as COPD. At his Cumming, Georgia, internal medicine practice, Matthew J. Markey, MD, PA, has decades of experience diagnosing and treating chronic respiratory disorders. Dr. Markey also offers preventive services, such as smoking cessation resources, to reduce your risk of developing COPD. Find out more about treating COPD and other breathing issues by scheduling a consultation online or by calling the office directly.

Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive lung disease, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a condition that makes it difficult to empty air out of your lungs. The two most common types of COPD include chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Chronic bronchitis

A condition resulting from increased mucus production and swelling in the breathing tubes that carry air to and from your lungs, causing a persistent cough.

Emphysema

A chronic condition that results when the walls of the air sacs in your lungs become damaged. This results in air being trapped in the sacs, making it difficult to push all the air out of your lungs. Trapped air inflates your lungs, leaving you frequently short of breath.

What causes COPD?

COPD can result from heavy exposure to environmental factors, such as chemicals and cigarette smoke. You may also be at increased risk of developing COPD if you have a family history of the condition.

How is COPD diagnosed?

If you frequently feel short of breath or have a lot of mucus that doesn’t go away, Dr. Markey may recommend a breathing test, or spirometry. This test measures the amount of air you can breathe out to identify possible obstructions in your airway.

Dr. Markey also performs a physical examination and reviews your medical and family history. He can use this information to determine if more advanced testing is necessary to rule out underlying medical conditions.

What treatment options are available for COPD?

Dr. Markey creates a custom treatment plan to address symptoms like chronic fatigue and shortness of breath. He also monitors your condition through breathing tests during follow-up appointments.  

To improve your breathing ability, Dr. Markey may recommend medications, such as steroids, to reduce swelling in your airways. If your oxygen levels are already low as the result of COPD, Dr. Markey may recommend supplemental oxygen therapy.

If you’re a smoker, it’s important to stop smoking as soon as possible. Dr. Markey can provide smoking cessation resources to help you quit.

To learn more about preventing chronic obstructive lung disease, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.