Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as chronic obstructive lung disease (COLD), and chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD), among others, is a type of obstructive lung disease characterized by chronically poor airflow. It typically worsens over time. The main symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, and sputum production. Most people with chronic bronchitis have COPD.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  1. 1. [COPD] Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  2. 2. COPD is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking.
  3. 3. COPD is often a mix of two diseases: *Chronic bronchitis *Emphysema COPD gets worse over time. You can't undo the damage to your lungs. But you can take steps to prevent more damage and to feel better!
  4. 4. As COPD gets worse, you may be short of breath even when you do simple things like get dressed or fix a meal. It gets harder to eat or exercise, and breathing takes much more energy. People often lose weight and get weaker. The longer one has COPD, the more severe the symptoms will be.
  5. 5. The best way to slow COPD is to quit smoking. This is the most important thing you can do. It is never too late to quit. No matter how long you have smoked or how serious your COPD is, quitting smoking can help stop the damage to your lungs. Treating COPD
  6. 6. People who have COPD are more likely to get lung infections, so a flu vaccine is suggested every year. One should also get a pneumococcal shot. It may not keep you from getting pneumonia. But if you do get pneumonia, you probably won't be as sick. Treatments To Manage Your Symptoms
  7. 7. It usually takes many years for the lung damage to start causing symptoms, so COPD is most common in people who are older than 60. One may be more likely to get COPD if he/she had a lot of serious lung infections as a child. People who get emphysema in their 30s or 40s may have a disorder that runs in families, called alpha-1antitrypsin deficiency . But this is rare. Occurence Of COPD
  8. 8. Living Well With COPD There are many things you can do at home to stay as healthy as you can. *Avoid things that can irritate your lungs, such as smoke and air pollution. *Use an air filter in your home. *Get regular exercise to stay as strong as you can. *Eat well so you can keep up your strength. If you are losing weight, ask your doctor or dietitian about ways to make it easier to get the calories you need.
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