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What is copd?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Pulmonology 35 years experience
Become a leading cause of morbidity & mortality worldwide, not onlt cigarettes but increasingly pollution & job related fumes
Jan 18, 2014
Dr. Leila Wing
Dr. Leila Winganswered
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease -- two forms: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Both can be related to smoking. Treatments vary form inhalers to steroids. Sometimes people need oxygen.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
Lung disease: COPD is short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It consists of chronic bronchitis (coughing up phlegm every day) and/or emphysema (destruction of lung tissue). Most often it is due to smoking. It makes it difficult to blow all the air out of the lungs, and thus can cause shortness of breath. Other symptoms are cough, wheezing, fatigue. There are great treatments for this condition.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
COPD...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a disease characterized by chronic, irreversible airway obstruction and chronic airway inflammation. It has no cure and is a slowly progressive disorder. Treatment consists of controlling symptoms with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers and providing supplemental oxygen, if needed. The cause of the disease is usually smoking.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is a condition that is frequently caused by smoking.
Dr. Karl Spector
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Lung disease: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which is when air in the lungs have a difficult time getting out, not in (that's called restrictive disease). COPD usually refers to well known diseases like emphysema & asthma. Smoking is the #1 cause of COPD and quitting will decrease your chances of developing it significantly. Patients with severe COPD usually require oxygen.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
COPD...: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and it is typically caused by smoking. It causes chronic airway obstruction as measured on pulmonary function tests. There is no cure and it is slowly progressive but there are treatments to control symptoms. Smoking cessation is necessary to decrease airway inflammation and slow disease progression.
Dr. Mohammed Al hallak
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Copd: copd is a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
COPD: COPD stands foe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease As the name says it is chronic disease of the airway which includesEmphysema and Chronic Bronchitis Most cases are caused by smoking and few others by pollution and occupational exposure COPD is not reversible and there is no cure for it. Progession of this condition can be minimised by smoking cessation and prevent the harmful exposure.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
Lung disease...: COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This term encompasses both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. This disease is usually due to smoking, but can occur due to other things as well, like black lung disease and alpha one antitrypsin deficiency.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Lung disease.: COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This has many causes but primarily is associated with long term smoking. Two types are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. There are rarer causes of copd. It is treated by stopping the cause (smoking) and medications to open up the airways (inhalers and such). See your pcp, pulmonologist or other provider of care for this illness if concerned.
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Chronic lung disease: COPD is term that includes a collection of lung disease that can affect the airways and/or air sacs of the lung. Common examples include bronchitis and ephysema but many patients can have combinations of both or even a disease that more closely resembles asthma. The most common contributing factor to COPD is smoking.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
COPD...: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is typically caused by smoking and results in chronic airway obstruction as measured on pulmonary function testing. There is no cure but there are treatments to control symptoms. Patients with this disease must quit smoking to decrease airway inflammation and slow disease progression.
Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Other reasons COPD: 1- in small number of patient who develop COPD at earlier stage of their life, there is a hereditary disease called "alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency". These patient could have never smoked. Also by aging we develop emphysema which is called senile emphysema. Senile emphysema best appreciated on xrays.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
Lung disease...: COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This term encompasses both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. This disease is usually due to smoking, but can occur due to other things as well, like black lung disease and alpha one antitrypsin deficiency.
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Lung disease : Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary (or Respiratory) Disease, shortened to COPD or CORD. Basically this is an illness which makes breathing difficult and is almost always caused by smoking, there is no cure but there is symptom relief. There are a variety of treatments. See this link for a full explanation. https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/c/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Four or so diseases: This is a generic term for diseases that are typical long-lasting and make it hard to get air out of your lungs. Emphysema / chronic bronchitis is a common process usually caused by smoking. Asthma and bronchiectasis are also chronic and obstructive, and there are a couple of other less familiar ones. Don't accept "COPD" as a diagnosis, though it's often used as shorthand for emphysema.
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COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for people with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. With COPD the airflow to the lungs is restricted (obstructed). COPD is usually caused by smoking. Symptoms include cough and breathlessness. The most important treatment is to stop smoking. Inhalers are commonly used to ease symptoms.
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Emphysema: Is the term that used to be used. Think of it as a not fully reversible asthma. Often caused by smoking and sometimes genetic conditions or longterm poorly controlled asthma. The airway becomes inflamed and tightened. Treatments include smoking cessation, inhalers, keeping fit with exercise and rapidly treating infections. www.asthmawaikato.org.nz has some good Waikato-specific info.

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How can I help my copd?

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Dr. Michael Jantz
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
See a pulmonologist: Don't smoke. Use inhalers to help with symptoms. Get vaccinated for influenza each year. See a pulmonologist if moderate or severe symptoms.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
And get pneumovax
May 15, 2013
A 65-year-old female asked about a 62-year-old female:

What causes copd?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Smoking: The vast majority of cases of COPD are caused by smoking. In some cases, long standing asthma an turn into copd.
Tooele, UT
A 35-year-old female asked:

Can you have COPD at 33?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes indeed: "copd" / chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a confusing term that includes the deadly emphysema, chronic bronchitis and bronchiectasis and the easier-to-manage asthma and a few others. Contrary to "pop" wisdom, it's not a full diagnosis, at least for us pathologists. Asthma and other smaller-airways diseases can pop up any time. Get to the bottom of what's happening.
TN
A male asked:

Having a flare up of copd?

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Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
See your physician: A COPD exacerbation can be an emergency. I would highly recommend seeing your doctor and getting on appropriate treatment.
CA
A 23-year-old member asked:

Can you died from copd?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: It is true that you can die of copd. The leading cause of death however across all stages of the disease is coronary artery disease (ie heart attack). Most patients that die of COPD die of a complication such ad penumonia or pulmonary embolism.

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