Are you living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)? If you are, you may qualify to become part of a COPD clinical research study in which study medications and examinations are provided free of charge and you are compensated for your time and travel. Qualified participants must be current or former cigarette smokers, 40 to 80 years of age and should also have been diagnosed with COPD.
Velocity Clinical Research is honored to help make the world a better place and work toward building brighter tomorrows. The COPD clinical research studies currently being conducted by the medical professionals at the Velocity Clinical Research facility are a vital part of that mission.
Velocity Clinical Research clinical trial volunteers also play an active role in important and innovative healthcare and scientific discoveries. If you meet the criteria mentioned above and you think you may want to participate as a volunteer or you have any questions about the COPD clinical research study at Velocity Clinical Research, you are welcome to call the Velocity Clinical Research professionals for more information at 386-428-7730 Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can also access the patient portal on our website to enroll with Velocity Clinical Research so that you may be contacted about any other studies conducted in your area.
Velocity Clinical Research is comprised of an exceedingly skilled and highly credentialed team of trend-setting doctors and researchers who closely monitor all Velocity Clinical Research clinical trial volunteers. These medical professionals are wholly dedicated to improving lives through the advancements in medicine. Velocity Clinical Research is conveniently located at 1410 S. Ridgewood Avenue in Edgewater.
COPD is an inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Unfortunately, it is very common, affecting over 3 million people each year in the United States. COPD is most commonly diagnosed in people 40 years and older, women and those with family history of COPD. Also at a higher risk of COPD development are smokers and those who have had what is usually prolonged exposure to workplace pollutants such harmful chemicals and fumes. Air pollution can also play a role in the development of COPD. Additionally, those with AIDS or tuberculosis are also at a higher risk of developing COPD.
COPD can develop over many years without symptoms, so it is often left undetected until it reaches its later stages. Symptoms of COPD can include shortness of breath during physical activity; a general shortness of breath that worsens over time; clear, white, yellow or green mucus production; frequent coughing with or without mucus; wheezing or noisy breathing; chest tightness; fatigue; frequent lung infections; and loss of appetite with subsequent weight loss.
Immediate medical attention should be sought for more severe symptoms such as breathing difficulty so intense that it can cause the patient to experience trouble speaking, confusion, dizziness and fainting. Those experiencing increased heart rate, blue lips and/or nails and swelling in legs, ankles and/or feet should also seek emergent care.
Anyone suffering from any of these symptoms should visit a doctor, particularly if they also begin to experience symptoms of infections such as fever or changes in mucus. If more in-depth patient evaluation is required, general practitioners will typically refer patients to a pulmonologist, a doctor who specializes in respiratory system conditions, for diagnosis and treatment.
Extensive testing and procedures are typically required to determine if a patient actually has COPD. Without thorough testing, people with reduced lung function due to smoking, environmental conditions or contributing genetic factors can be misdiagnosed as having COPD. In-depth tests to diagnose COPD and determine the severity of the condition can include:
- Chest x-rays, which are used to search for certain abnormalities that could lead to COPD symptoms
- Complete blood counts (CBCs) to help rule out infections which may cause some of the symptoms of COPD
- An arterial blood gas test to measure oxygen levels within the blood
- Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) to assess lung function and the severity of the condition
- After medication has been prescribed and given enough time to produce the desired effect, bronchodilator reverse testing can be used to see if lung function has improved with that medication
The Potentially Dire Nature of COPD
The complications that are possible with patients who suffer from COPD can include increased risk of contracting influenza and colds, respiratory infections such as pneumonia and acute symptom flare-ups which can cause respiratory distress. In worse case scenarios, COPD can be an extremely dangerous condition which can result in heart conditions as serious as heart disease, as well as lung cancer.
The Current Medical Management and Treatment of COPD
There is no known cure for COPD, but treatment options to reduce COPD symptoms can currently include various types of medication, medical procedures and therapy. Medication is a common treatment option, with antibiotics used to help avoid and cure lung infections; glucocorticosteroids, used for airway inflammation reduction; and bronchodilators, typically administered via inhaler, can be prescribed for muscle and airway relaxation to improve breathing and are generally administered via an inhaler. Medical procedures are sometimes performed if medications don’t work. These can include lung transplants, as well as bullectomies, which are the removal of enlarged air sacs from the lung. Therapies recommended for certain COPD patients can include oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation.