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what to do if i have been diagnoised with copd / chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can anyone tell me about it am 48 yr?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
COPD...: COPD is a slowly progressive lung disease usually caused by smoking. Quitting smoking is essential to slowing the disease progression. Treatment usually involves bronchodilator and steroid inhalers to alleviate symptoms. If your oxygen level is low enough, supplemental oxygen therapy will also slow disease progression. See a lung doctor for both diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Don't ever light another cigaret!!!
Jun 21, 2014
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
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Perfect, Dr. Knecht, thanks!!!
Jun 21, 2014

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