Second Opinion: COPD on WXXI-TV

Second Opinion: COPD on WXXI-TV

Sat, 05/22/2010 - 3:00pm

Host Dr. Peter Salgo and a panel of experts discuss COPD.

COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a serious lung disease that over time, makes it hard to breathe. You may also have heard COPD called other names, like emphysema or chronic bronchitis. In people who have COPD, the airways—tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs—are partially blocked, which makes it hard to get air in and out.

When COPD is severe, shortness of breath and other symptoms of COPD can get in the way of even the most basic tasks, such as doing light housework, taking a walk, even washing and dressing.

This episode of Second Opinion shows that there is more hope for patients than ever.  Proper treatment of COPD with medication and lifestyle changes can stabilize the disease and help people live active lives.

This informative, educational and entertaining medical series shows how doctors make decisions. As nationally known doctors and health-care experts talk through real-life cases, viewers acquire a valuable education about disease, diagnosis, treatment and public health policy. The host takes a panel of healthcare professionals through a case, and the discussions break down complex medical issues and let viewers see medical experts struggle to find their way through a series of wrenching decisions. The discussions include diagnosis, treatment, learning points about medical issues, tension between doctors, humor, education and concrete medical information. Dr. Peter Salgo hosts.