Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an irreversible blockage of the airways, usually but not always caused by smoking.

Other causes of COPD could be inadequately treated asthma, frequent exposure to particles in the air or second hand smoke.

At the University of Maryland Medical Center, we use the most advanced COPD treatments, taking into account other diseases that may present as a side effect of COPD.

Team Approach to COPD Care

Because COPD directly affects the amount of oxygen entering the body and its organs, COPD patients commonly develop other diseases including:

With a vast team of caretakers throughout the hospital, the University of Maryland Medical Center can treat whatever comorbidities you may develop.

Treating COPD at UMMC

COPD is primarily treated with prescribed inhalers. As COPD worsens, treatment becomes more aggressive, including the use of oxygen tanks and ventilators. In some cases, lung transplantation is the best option.

Smoking cessation is also an important step to smokers who have COPD.

COPD Research

Amish woman using a pulmonary device to measure secondhand smokingNew research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) has found that secondhand smoke tends to have somewhat different effects on men and women. The research, conducted in a Pennsylvania Amish community where virtually no women smoke, found that women who were exposed to secondhand smoke had a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, while men exposed to secondhand smoke tended to have a higher body mass index (BMI).

Read more about the study in this news release.

To make an appointment with a COPD specialist, please call 410-328-8141.