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A 42-year-old member asked:

What do i have to face now that i'm diagnosed with copd (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
COPD...: COPD is a slowly progressive and incurable disease. But, with treatment, symptoms can be controlled. To allow the disease to progress at the slowest rate possible, smoking cessation is a must! ask your doctor about pulmonary rehab as this will also help with symptoms and increase your overall sense of well-being. If your oxygen level is low, you may need supplemental oxygen to decrease mortality.
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Depends: The most important challenge is stopping smoking if you are still smoking. Otherwise, it depends on your symptoms and severity of lung disease. Medications and regular exercise can help.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the simplest definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd)?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
COPD...: COPD is a disease characterized by the presence of chronic, irreversible airway obstruction as measured by pulmonary function testing. The disease is incurable but there are treatments available so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The most important treatment is smoking cessation since smoking is the main etiology of this disease.
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Last updated Feb 8, 2017
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