COPD Specialist

Alidad Zadeh, DO

Internal Medicine & Hormone Replacement Therapy located in El Centro, CA

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, more commonly known as COPD, is a progressive condition that makes it very hard to breathe. If you suffer from COPD, you can undergo comprehensive care at the office of Alidad Zadeh, DO, in El Centro, California. Start your path to breathing easier by booking an evaluation online today. You can also call to schedule by phone.

COPD Q & A

What are the symptoms of COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) initially may cause only mild symptoms (if any). As the condition worsens, your symptoms become more and more severe. You may regularly experience:

  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Whistling while breathing


One of the other telltale symptoms of COPD is a persistent cough that produces excessive mucus. This is often known as a “smoker’s cough.” While anyone can certainly suffer with COPD, in most cases, the condition occurs after age 40.  

Why do I have COPD?

One of the most common causes of COPD is smoking or long-term exposure to secondhand smoke. But, up to 25% of COPD sufferers never smoked or were ever around smoke. In any case, your risk of suffering from COPD increases due to:

  • Long-term exposure to harsh air pollution or chemical fumes
  • Genetic disorders 
  • Asthma 


No matter what’s causing your COPD though, it’s important to come into the office of Alidad Zadeh, DO, for an examination. Dr. Zadeh conducts a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms and medical history, in addition to any necessary pulmonary function tests, to confirm whether you have COPD. 

How does a doctor treat COPD?

After diagnosing you, Dr. Zadeh counsels you about living with COPD and what you need to do to manage the condition. While no COPD cure exists, Dr. Zadeh can design a plan to help you breathe easier and to slow down the progression of the disease. Your COPD treatment plan may include:

  • Oxygen therapy 
  • Smoking cessation planning
  • Nutritional and dietary counseling
  • Short-acting or long-acting bronchodilators
  • Combination bronchodilators and inhaled glucocorticosteroids 


To lower your risk of respiratory infections, Dr. Zadeh might also recommend a pneumococcal vaccine and annual flu shot. Dr. Zadeh can even get you set up with a pulmonary rehabilitation program to improve your breathing and overall well-being. 

Without proper treatment, COPD can make it difficult to eat, speak, and catch your breath. COPD can even impact your heart and blood functions. Dr. Zadeh is diligent about helping you find ways to improve your quality of life when you have COPD. 

You can get started on effective COPD management at the office of Alidad Zadeh, DO. Find out more information by booking an appointment through the website or over the phone today.