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Are Copd And Emphysema The Same Thing
Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read more
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
Why would someone with severe copd/emphysema have 100% o2 sats and still severe sob at time even at rest. He's 71 has had increasingly difficulty breathing. Been in hosp for 4 days and had every test. Only thing came back positive was d-dimer. Was sen
Same thing: Copd refers to the decreased airflow seen in the disease. emphysema is the pathologic process in the lung seen with copd. However the terms are used interchangably when discussing tobacco related lung disease. Patients fear the term emphysema and prefer copd or chronic bronchitis ...Read more
COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses several causes of lung obstruction often resulting in shortness of breath and wheezing. The causes include emphysema wherein the elasticity of the lung is impaired producing difficulty with exhalation. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more
COPD more broad: COPD is a functional diagnosis, while emphysema is a diagnosis you make on a ct scan or pathology slide. COPD includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue most often due to smoking. Chronic bronchitis is a chronic, productive cough, also most often due to smoking. The end result of both is the same: inability to blow all the air out of the lungs. ...Read more
Where u love to be: Any location that speaks to them. For those on oxygen, caution with air travel and high altitudes. Lodging should have easy access, no long stairs to climb, avoid long hikes, consider availability of medical facilities, including pharmacies, bring enough medications. Do not forget about seasonal allergies if they are a problem. ...Read more
Shortness of breath: In general, people who are very end stage COPD will have alot of difficulty breathing and typically will have fast and shallow breathing. Eventually they cannot keep up and start retaining co2 which makes them mentally altered and hypoxic which also makes them sluggish/loopy (and usually causes a grayish cast to the features). These changes are shortly followed by cardiac arrythmias and death. ...Read more
I have smoked for 5 years and its been 8 months since my last cigarette. I am 22 now. Is it possible that I could have emphysema/copd?
Helpful: The COPD foundation is a good place to start looking: http://www. Copdfoundation. Org/ ...Read more
Maximize lift: Leaning slightly forward, palms resting on the knees, head slightly bent, lips pursed, fast breath in, slow and prolonged exhaling. The goal is to get the respiratory muscles including neck muscles, in the best position for maximal lift, and empty out the lungs as much as possible to make room for more air coming in. ...Read more
What is the difference between the 2 types of COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema)? And which is worse?
There isn't any: In practice, although there are in theory. PURE emphysema involves only the small air sacs, which become less capable of diffusing oxygen into the bloodstream and clearing carbon dioxide, enlarge and coalesce with othrs. Pure bronchitis inflames and narrows the smaller air passages so that oxygen/CO2 can't get through. Most patients have BOTH of these processes, though one may predominate. Both bad ...Read more
Severe COPD and emphysema. Off prednizone a week ago and been on o2 24/7. What could be the cause of o2 dropping apon getting up. Never did before.
Possible O2 time:
The steroids only reduce inflammation. Not improve your oxygen. So possible your lung function severe enough that you may qualify for supplemental o2. Need to have your pft done to determine if your worse or not. Oxygen will improve your survival as well.
Other causes maybe your developing an infection such as pneumonia as well. See your md and test your o2 while walking or at night sleeping. ...Read more
33y male have anatomic bullea emphysema and chronic bronchities with normal pft my dclo is 87% dc said mild COPD can I live till 70 what should I do?
See Below: First, if you smoke STOP NOW! Second, make sure that you have regular pulmonary function tests so your doctor knows when and how to treat. Third, get your alpha-1-antitrypsin level checked and if it's low get on replacement therapy. Make sure you have a Pulmonologist working with you. ...Read more
COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease encompasses emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Basically, this means that smoking or another inhalant has made distortions in the architecture of your lungs that make it harder for them to work. Atelectasis and scarring physical changes that occur secondary to COPD. ...Read more
I had a stress test and my o2 remained at 99% throughout the test. Does that rule out COPD or emphysema?
COPD and stress test: It depends on the "severity" of your copd. Some people are obstructed but have no problem with their oxygen level. You cannot rule out COPD or emphysema just based on a stress test. You can say that if you had copd, it is not that severe since your oxygen remained normal. To rule out copd, one has to undergo pft or pulmonary function tests which would let us know if your airways are obstructed. ...Read more
What is the physiologic difference between asthma, copd, emphysema and bronchitis? How to identify each as an emt? How are they treated?
Emergency situations: As an emt in these cases you primary concern is to make sure the patient can breathe. In asthma, codp emphysema and "chronic bronchitis" a resuce inhaler like albuterol or ipratropium (copd) owuld be your first response. Steroid inhalers are not for rescue situations. ...Read more
I am 45 n have moderate emphysema COPD for 3 yrs. For the past 3 months I have been havr bad chest pains different from normal pressure also pain in?
Serious: This needs to be evaluated by a physician. You are at risk for cardiovascular disease (heart attack) as well as worsening lung disease. ...Read more
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)
Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more
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