Clinic Treatment COPD Pennsylvania
What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive form of lung disease ranging from mild to severe. It is characterized by a restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs that makes breathing difficult. COPD is the umbrella term for sufferers who have been diagnosed with or show signs of emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. In Pittsburgh, COPD is a health concern for many, in part due to air pollution levels and occupational hazards. In 2015, the Lung Institute will open a clinic for treatment of COPD in Pennsylvania.
COPD in Pennsylvania
The American Lung Association recently released their 2015 State of the Air report listing the cities with the cleanest and most polluted air. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the city once again ranked among those with the most polluted air in the nation. With the combination of the pollution in the air, the high prevalence of lung disease in the area and the local steel mills and coal mines, many people believe that occupational lung disease in Pittsburgh is on the rise. For those suffering from chronic lung disease, look out for the Lung Institute in Pittsburgh in July of 2015.
The disease isn’t only in Pittsburgh, though. Unfortunately many Pennsylvania residents suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). When diagnosed with COPD, a person might feel overwhelmed or hopeless because, unfortunately, COPD cannot be cured. Things like medications, inhalers and oxygen therapy help lessen the symptoms of COPD. There is a relatively new stem cell treatment that has been very effective for many patients. The stem cell treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that harnesses the body’s own healing properties. The Lung Institute specializes in treating patients with debilitating lung disease with stem cell therapy.
What is Stem Cell Therapy for COPD?
Stem cell therapy harnesses the body’s natural healing capabilities to expedite the healing process. At the Lung Institute, the stem cell procedure is a three day outpatient treatment, where stem cells are extracted from a person’s blood, fat tissue or bone marrow. After the cells have been extracted, they are treated in a lab on site and then reintroduced into the body directly into the damaged tissue areas. Stem cells are how your body heals itself after getting a cut or bruise, however, sometimes this healing process can move more slowly than the disease progresses, like in the case of lung disease. By targeting many stem cells directly onto the damaged tissue, the body has the opportunity to heal itself more quickly. In most cases this results in stopping the progression of the disease or even improved lung function.
For many who suffer from COPD in Pennsylvania, the Lung Institute might be the answer. If you or a loved one suffers from a lung disease like COPD, contact one of our patient coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify.