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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as 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 for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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Do doctors refer patients with COPD to the gym for exercise?

COPD and Exercise : Supervised exercise programs can be very helpful for COPD patients. For severe disease, the exercise should be done in a formal pulmonary rehabilitation program. Milder disease may permit the exercise to be done at a gym but only if approved by the doctor. ...Read more

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What kind of breathing exercises would you recommend for someone with copd?

What kind of breathing exercises would you recommend for someone with copd?

Pulmonary rehab: If it is available many communities offer a program called pulmonary rehab. This is a graded exercise program suprevised by trained respiratory and physical therapists and in some cases physicians. COPD patients are also educated in specific breathing techniques and about their disease in general. It seems patients who go through the program do overall better. ...Read more

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Why do COPD patients crave chocolate?

Craving chocolate: Chocolate contains neurotransmitters like phenylethylamine. This is the neurotransmitter that is very high when we are madly in love. Depression due to rejection( not correspondence from our love wishes) drops this levels causing depression. Unconsciously rejected lovers crave for chocolate. Also substances like theobromine and caffeine in chocolate are stimulants. Copders are not the only ones. ...Read more

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What is a pulmo aide and why is it used for COPD patients?

Nebulizer: Pulmoaide is a nebulizer. Nebulizers are often used in COPD to deliver medications such as bronchodilators into the lung by inhalation. ...Read more

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Why does COPD patient crave salt?

Why does COPD patient crave salt?

They don't: Pt's with COPD have risk factors for infection or tumors. The COPD per se does not cause salt craving. If there are other things like tumor thee these can cause antidiutetic effect, dilution by too much water and sensed in the brain as hypoosmolality and salt craving. On the other hand some things from the lungs can go to the adrenal glands and these hormones can cause salt craving. ...Read more

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Could you give high flow o2 to a COPD patient?

Could you give high flow o2 to a COPD patient?

Depends...: Oxygen is only prescribed when the oxygen level in the body is low and only in the lowest amount needed to maintain the oxygen level at an acceptable level. Oxygen must be carefully prescribed by a doctor with monitoring of the patient's oxygen levels because giving too much oxygen is harmful as is not giving enough! see your doctor if you think your oxygen level is low! ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of a patient who has copd?

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What is life expectancy of a patient who has copd?

Depends on factors: Such as body mass index, degree of airway obstruction, degree of uncomfortable breathing, exercise tolerance, smoking status, presence of complications including pulmonary hypertension, right sided heart failure, chronic respiratory failure, degree of carbon dioxide retention, frequency of exacerbations, and other medical conditions. I have had patients die in their 50s & some that lived 90+ yrs. ...Read more

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What are the appropriate anesthetics to patients copd?

What are the appropriate anesthetics to patients copd?

There is no right : Answer. It depends on the severity of the cold, type of surgery and other medical issues. If possible, choices that lead to decreased narcotic use or a non-general technique may be advised. ...Read more

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What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

No minimum: There is no minimum. Ambient air is 21%, if it is not enough, you go up from there. Oxygen delivered by a nasal cannula starts with 0.5 lpm and goes up from there by half liter increments. Common starting rates are 1 - 1.5 lpm. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

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


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more