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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have just found out that I have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has anyone got ideas on treatment of it?

I have just found out that I have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has anyone got ideas on treatment of it?

COPD treatment: The most important thing you can do for COPD is to stop smoking. Other treatments include inhaled medicines such as albuterol, ipratopium, tiotropium, and inhaled steroids (there are several of them). Patients who are very symptomatic benefit from systemic steroids and antibiotics. Make sure your immunizations are up to date including yearly flu vaccine. Finally, getting regular exercise helps. ...Read more

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Would oxygen therapy be helpful for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd)?

Can be: Oxygen therapy improves survival in COPD patients...But only if they need it. Some patients have such severe disease that they can't maintain a normal oxygen level. This is when oxygen therapy is helpful. Often we check patient's oxygen levels with an oximeter, a machine that measures the level of oxygen in the bloodstream. Patients qualify for treatment if the level is less than 88%. ...Read more

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Are there any effective alternative treatments for pulmonary hypertension?

Are there any effective alternative treatments for pulmonary hypertension?

No: None proven. It is not an easy condition to treat. It is serious and potentially fatal. ...Read more

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My lungs are damaged from cancer treatment 12 years ago, Been smoking cigs for 9, my asthma treatment has not been helping lately could it be copd?

My lungs are damaged from cancer treatment 12 years ago, Been smoking cigs for 9, my asthma treatment has not been helping lately could it be copd?

Lung damage: Why are doing this to yourself? You know the answer perfectly. Smoking is not the answer to anything and it will worsen your asthma, lung damage, restriction or copd. Whatever you want to call it. ...Read more

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I've been told I have pulmonary fibrosis. Is this copd? What is the prognosis and/or treatment? I had a stroke 7 years ago.

I've been told I have pulmonary fibrosis. Is this copd? What is the prognosis and/or treatment? I had a stroke 7 years ago.

Different: Fibrosis is not copd, although they may exist together in some people. There are different varieties of fibrosis, so evaluation by your healthcare provider is needed to determine your prognosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for someone who has severe pulmonary hypertension, especially in an elderly person who has COPD and pulmonary oedema? Would a diuretic and frusemide spray be likely to be enough?

Pulmonary HBP: The answer to your question is too long to give in the space allowed. Go to this link for a full description of the problem and treatment of pulmonary hypertension: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/pah/treatment.Html. ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me what COPD is? It's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but what is that exactly please?

Can someone explain to me what COPD is? It's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but what is that exactly please?

Chronic Lung Disease: COPD is a disease of inflammation and/or destruction of the lung. Most often, it is from smoking cigarettes, but not always. There are two main components: chronic bronchitis, which is coughing up mucus every day; and emphysema, which is destruction of the lung tissue. Both conditions block air from completely exiting the lung causing symptoms. That said, it can be treated effectively and be well. ...Read more

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What can causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

What can causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

Not used for infants: There is a bpd, bronchopulmonary dysplasia that occurs in infants but i HAV never heard of the term COPD used in infants. ...Read more

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Help! I've been having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

Help! I've been having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

Not sure...: I'm not sure I understand your question. COPD is not typically a disease diagnosed in infancy! There is a form of COPD, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is caused by an enzyme deficiency and can be diagnosed at an earlier age. But, this is usually not diagnosed in infancy but rather in early adulthood. Please ask the question again if I am misunderstanding it! ...Read more

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What do you suggest to give to a patient who has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd?

What do you suggest to give to a patient who has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd?

Treatment...: Treatment of COPD usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen, if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. Other treatments depend on the specific symptoms present. There is no cure! ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? The doctor said my husband has copd. What is that and how is it treated?

What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? The doctor said my husband has copd. What is that and how is it treated?

Chronic lung disease: In a nutshell COPD is the chronic condition of the airways in the lungs that are chronically "smothering" resulting in decrease in the airway lumen (wheezin), excessive secretions (phlegm) and disturbance in gas exchange beween the lungs and blood. Usually COPD is associated with cigarette smoking. It is a serious and progressive condition that can be life threatening. ...Read more

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How long before chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) take your life?

How long before chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) take your life?

Depends: COPD is a progressive condition. From first diagnosis the time can be considerable. Today's drugs(not all cases need them), pulmonary rehab, exercise programs and many more can allow a long and productive time. Of course smoking cessation (if applicable) can slow the progression. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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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?

What to do if I have been diagnoised with COPD / chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can anyone tell me about it am 48 yr?

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. ...Read more

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What is emphysema vs copd? Is emphysema the same as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Categories....: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is the broader category. Emphysema is one type of copd, ie emphysema falls under the category of copd. ...Read more

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What are the risk for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) patient having a radical nephrectomy?

What are the risk for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) patient having a radical nephrectomy?

Depends: COPD exists with varying severity, and most patients can have surgery with no significant increased risk. If COPD is very severe, or there is significant chronic sputum production, surgical risk is higher, but experienced teams of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and respiratory therapists can help mitigate the risk. One important thing you have control over is pre-op smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is carbon dioxide narcosis in relation to COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is carbon dioxide narcosis in relation to COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Carbon dioxide...: Carbon dioxide levels can elevate in COPD patients due to the inability to ventilate properly. This increased carbon dioxide level can lead to symptoms that are similar to acutely taking narcotics which has lead to the expression carbon dioxide narcosis. Symptoms include lethargy, confusion, disorientation, decreased sensations, etc. ...Read more

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What do you suggest treatment to give to a patient who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

What do you suggest treatment to give to a patient who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Treatment...: Treatment for COPD includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen therapy, if the oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. Smoking cessation is the most vital therapy. Other therapies depend on contributing factors like the presence of an underlying infection, excess fluid, sleep apnea, etc. COPD patients need to be closely monitored by their physicians for ongoing therapy. ...Read more

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