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COPD Specialist

Patricia Edwards, PA-C -  - Family Medicine

East Texas Family Care

Patricia Edwards, PA-C

Family Medicine & Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapist located in Palestine, TX

If you struggle with shortness of breath, it may be caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Fortunately, support and guidance with COPD is within reach at East Texas Family Care. Skilled physician assistant Patricia Edwards, PA-C, treats COPD and refers patients to a highly trained pulmonologist when needed. To schedule an appointment for COPD treatment, call the office in Palestine, Texas, or book online today.


What is COPD?

COPD (also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a chronic condition that affects your lungs. It causes inflammation and obstructed airflow, which leads to unpleasant symptoms and serious health risks when left untreated. A variety of factors can contribute to COPD, but cigarette smoke can especially cause COPD. At East Texas Family Care, Mrs. Edwards and her team can help you manage your symptoms and improve your daily quality of life. 

What are the symptoms of COPD?

Common symptoms of COPD include:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ongoing cough with mucus 
  • Chest tightness
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent respiratory infections 
  • Ankle, foot, or leg swelling
  • Unintentional weight loss

Some symptoms could get worse during exercise. Complications that might result because of COPD include heart problems, lung cancer, respiratory infections, and high blood pressure in the arteries in your lungs.

You also have a higher risk of developing depression if COPD keeps you from staying active or enjoying your favorite activities. 

What are the risk factors for COPD?

Factors that increase your risk of developing COPD include:

  • Asthma
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Breathing fuel fumes, chemicals, or dust
  • Genetics

Ways to reduce your risk of COPD include not smoking, getting an annual flu vaccine, and minimizing exposure to pollution and workplace chemicals.

How does my provider diagnose COPD?

Mrs. Edwards uses a variety of tools to diagnose COPD. She reviews your symptoms and medical history and checks your blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs. 

She also completes a physical exam, listens to your breathing and heartbeat, and orders lung-function tests. In addition, she may recommend lab tests, chest X-rays, or CT scans.

How is COPD treated?

Your personalized COPD treatment plan could include smoking cessation, using an inhaler, or taking oral medications. You may need oxygen therapy or pulmonary rehabilitation that includes education, nutrition counseling, and exercise training. 

Mrs. Edwards may also recommend other treatment options, including noninvasive, in-home ventilation therapy and surgery (in some cases). When needed, she can refer you to a pulmonologist as well to ensure the best outcome for you or your loved one.

To schedule an appointment for COPD treatment with East Texas Family Care, call the office in Palestine, Texas, or book online today.