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What Is the Medical Condition COPD?

22 Aug 2017
| Under COPD, Disease Education, Lung Disease, Medical | Posted by | 2 Comments
What Is the Medical Condition COPD?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a medical condition that may involve lung scarring, inflammation, an overproduction of mucus and a gradual loss of elasticity in the airways. There are actually several conditions, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, that are considered to be forms of COPD. These conditions can affect people in different ways, although symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing and a chronic cough are extremely common among individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

There are a variety of medical treatments for COPD, although none are capable of reversing lung damage. Instead, the goal of treatment is usually to minimize a person’s symptoms and help him or her maintain an acceptable quality of life. This can be achieved through:

  • Respiratory therapy
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Prescription medications
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Lung transplant surgery

Lifestyle choices, such as exercising and avoiding tobacco products, can also benefit individuals with COPD. Being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia and the flu can also reduce a person’s likelihood of contracting these conditions, which can significantly worsen the symptoms of COPD.

Some people also choose to supplement these COPD treatments with one or more alternative therapies, such as stem cell therapy. At the Lung Institute, we perform two stem cell procedures: one that uses a patient’s own blood and another that uses a patient’s own bone marrow. These therapies have the potential to stimulate the body’s natural healing process, which can potentially reduce inflammation and slow the progression of the disease. For many individuals, this leads to a significant improvement in quality of life.

To learn more about COPD and the various treatments that may be available to you, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065. We are the only stem cell center in the world that focuses on the treatment of lung diseases, and we’d be happy to help you or a loved one explore your options.


  1. Lung Institute

    6 months ago


    Unfortunately, at this time, Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  2. Fannie Hunter

    6 months ago

    I have AARP Medicare complete Ins. Will it pay for this treatment?

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