COPD Specialist

Esteban Berberian, MD, PA -  - Internal Medicine

Esteban Berberian, MD, PA

Internal Medicine located in Channelview, TX

If you struggle to get a full breath of air or have an ongoing cough, you could have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At his office in Channelview, Texas, board-certified internal medicine specialist Esteban N Berberian, MD, PA, diagnoses and treats COPD. The treatments ease the unpleasant symptoms of COPD and give you the best quality of life possible. Call Dr. Berberian’s office today to book an appointment or schedule one online.


What is COPD?

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a persistent illness that obstructs the airflow in your lungs. It can lead to many unpleasant symptoms and severe complications if left untreated. COPD is often caused by smoking. At the first sign of COPD, see Dr. Berberian for an evaluation.

What are the symptoms of COPD?

Common symptoms you can experience with COPD include:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Fatigue
  • Ongoing cough
  • Ankle swelling
  • Unintentional weight loss

You might not have any COPD symptoms until your lungs have been severely damaged. Your symptoms will get worse during periods when the disease flares up. This situation can continue for several days at a time.

Complications that can develop from untreated COPD include heart problems, respiratory infections, high arterial blood pressure, and lung cancer. People suffering from COPD often become depressed.

What are the risk factors for COPD?

Anyone can develop COPD. However, things that increase your risk of developing it include:

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to burning fuel fumes
  • Dust or chemical exposure in your workplace
  • Having asthma

Genetic factors also play a part in the development of COPD.

How does my doctor diagnose COPD?

To find out if you have COPD and develop an effective treatment, Dr. Berberian discusses your symptoms and medical history. He completes a physical exam and listens to your lungs and breathing. He’ll probably recommend lung function tests, chest X-rays, CT scans, arterial blood gas analyses, and other tests to make a final diagnosis.

How is COPD treated?

Your personalized COPD treatment plan will depend on how severe your condition is. Dr. Berberian could suggest participating in a stop-smoking program, getting regular exercise, eating nutritious foods, adopting other healthy habits, and doing routine breathing exercises.

Taking oral medicines or using an inhaler can reduce COPD symptoms. Other treatments include at-home ventilation therapy, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, or, in severe cases, a lung transplant. Dr. Berberian refers you to a specialist as needed.

Call Esteban N Berberian, MD, PA, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about COPD or find out if you have it.