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COPD Specialist

Gus Armenakis, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Gus Armenakis, MD

Primary Care Physician & Internal Medicine Physician located in Tamarac, FL

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third most common cause of death in the United States. While more than 11 million Americans are diagnosed with COPD, many more cases go undiagnosed. Gus Armenakis, MD, a board-certified primary care physician, offers personalized COPD management services at his private practice in Tamarac, Florida, as well as in the hospital, should you need inpatient care. Call Dr. Armenakis or schedule a consultation online today for expert treatments for COPD.

COPD

What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

COPD is the collective term for a group of diseases that cause inflammation in your airways that makes it difficult for you to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most prevalent types of COPD. 

Emphysema develops when your alveoli — the small air sacs in your lungs — are destroyed by tobacco smoke and other airborne irritants. Chronic bronchitis causes inflammation in your airways, leading to excessive mucus production and coughing. These conditions cause symptoms, including: 

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Persistent coughing
  • Coughing to expel mucus
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in your feet and ankles

COPD usually develops later in life. It is manageable, but it can increase your risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and depression 

How is COPD diagnosed?

If you’re having trouble breathing or have any other symptoms of COPD, Dr. Armenakis provides a comprehensive exam to diagnose the condition. After collecting your medical history, he talks to you about your symptoms, lifestyle, and general health. 

Dr. Armenakis also listens to your lungs and uses lung function tests to measure the volume of air moving in and out. For example, during spirometry, you breathe in and out through a tube that’s connected to a small machine that measures how much air your lungs can hold and how quickly you can empty your lungs. He can also perform an arterial blood gas analysis to see how well your lungs put oxygen into your blood. In some cases, Dr. Armenakis might need to order imaging tests like CT scans and chest X-rays.

How is COPD treated?

Dr. Armenakis provides customized management plans to control your COPD and protect your health. Your program may include medication, lifestyle adjustments, and oxygen therapy. For example, if you smoke, Dr. Armenakis will help you give it up.

Additionally, he can prescribe medications like bronchodilators and corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in your lungs and keep your airways open. If your COPD is moderate to severe, you may benefit from oxygen therapy or pulmonary rehabilitation.

Dr. Armenakis provides care from his offices and can see you in the hospital if your condition requires inpatient care. 

If you’re looking for expert COPD treatment, call Dr. Armenakis or make an appointment online today.