Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
If you're coughing, wheezing or struggling to breathe on a daily basis, you may have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It's a common lung disease that affects millions of Americans, and includes symptoms of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD can get worse over time, but the right diagnosis and treatment can help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. The dedicated pulmonary team at Cedars-Sinai, ranked as one of the nation's best hospitals for lung care by U.S. News & World Report, will diagnose your condition as quickly as possible, and create a complete treatment plan that's personalized for your specific needs. You'll get the exceptional care and support you need to breathe easier.
For an estimated 1-5% of patients diagnosed with COPD, the root cause may be the lack of a protein called alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) in the blood. This genetic condition makes it harder for the body to protect the lungs and other organs from the harmful effects of inflammation.
The AAT Deficiency Program at Cedars-Sinai is working to learn more about this inherited disease and ensure that patients with COPD are tested for it.
Researchers and doctors at Cedars-Sinai have pioneered medical advances in testing and treatments for lung diseases, leading to better patient outcomes. Learn more about our current pulmonary research.
When construction worker Rob Lyon developed serious breathing problems at a young age, he learned that he had alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency—a genetic condition that can lead to COPD. Find out how a pulmonary specialist at Cedars-Sinai helped him deal with his condition, quit smoking and boost his lung function.