Advances in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Treatments

New research shows that smoking not only sears the respiratory cells, but also affects several body systems through causing a general inflammatory response. This immune response leads to allergic reactions in the cardiovascular system and weakens tissue in the musculoskeletal system, most importantly heart muscles.

In other words, COPD is not just shortness of breath and tiredness due to insufficient oxygen delivery; it leads to an increased number of heart attacks and death to these heart attacks (2.7 fold higher than those without COPD for matching controls). There are an estimated 16 million Americans with COPD and with the secondary effects on the human body due to smoking; COPD is now the fourth leading cause of death in America. Although all of this sounds dismal, there are some promises from recent research.

Some medications evaluated by the FDA for COPD maintenance have been found to reduce the risk of heart attacks. With recommendations by a panel of expert pulmonologists, the FDA now recommends that modern medicines be tested for secondary preventative measures in addition to COPD treatment. The Northwest Clinical Research Center is at the forefront of conducting clinical trials on these new therapies.

Study participants are needed to evaluate new COPD medication. Complete the questionnaire or call our office at (425) 453-0404 to learn about how this medication might help you.

Study Participants receive (at No Cost) study related:
Clinical evaluations
Study medication
Medical Care


COPD symptoms develop over time with increasing severity, making it hard to diagnose until the later stages. Early stage symptoms may be mistaken for other illnesses or dismissed by patients. To reduce the long term effects of COPD, early intervention is recommended. Please contact us if you have any of the symptoms below or if you recently had exacerbation of your current symptoms:

Shortness of Breath with exertion
Wheezing upon exhaling
Frequent cough with excessive mucous
Swelling in the legs
Muscle weakness