COPD is a general term used to describe multiple variations of progressive lung disease including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, refractory asthma and some types of bronchiectasis. These conditions may result in a loss of lung function that can seriously impair your ability to perform normal activities. Symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic coughing
  • Wheezing

Ultimately, the condition can threaten your overall health and longevity.

Treatment: A Partnership with You

Our philosophy is that you are an essential member of your health care team. To diagnose and help manage your COPD, your doctor will ask questions and take into account your medical and family history. You may also require:

  • Lung function test, such as spirometry — a painless test that measures your breathing
  • Physical examination
  • Chest X-ray
  • Chest CT scan

Through education and careful guidance, we help you use self-management techniques to meet your health challenges head-on.

If you have COPD, there are options to slow progression of the disease, maintain your lung function and even improve your quality of life. Our expert team focuses on providing our patients with the knowledge and treatments they need through our full range of medical services.

Virtual Visits Are Available

Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We'll assess your condition and develop a treatment plan right away. To schedule a virtual visit, call 414-777-7700.

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Recognized as High Performing by U.S. News & World Report

Froedtert Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as high performing in pulmonology and lung surgery, lung cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia care. Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital is also recognized as high performing for COPD.