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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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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


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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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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 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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What sort of disease is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (c.O.P.D.)?

What sort of disease is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (c.O.P.D.)?

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. ...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 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 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 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 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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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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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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Is a flu shot mandatory if I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd)?

Is a flu shot mandatory if I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd)?

YES!: If you mean mandatory that the government is going to come and give you the vaccine, then no. You always have the right to decide your health care options. If you mean mandatory as really, really a good idea for someone with a chronic respiraotry disease, then yes. Flu could kill you. It really is as simple as that. Exchange the pain of a shot for possible life-saving treatment today. ...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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If you have copd, will the disease carry over into the lungs transplants you receive?

Not usually: COPD is usually an acquired problem. However, if the causes are duplicated in the transplanted lungs (i.e. Heavy smoking) it could recur over years. ...Read more

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I have copd. My recent xray said- No sign of active pulmonary disease is present. What does this mean?

Strictly: speaking, that conclusion means that there is no acute or active process that requires treatment, but doesn't address any chronic changes(e.g. possibly COPD-type changes) that the radiologist considers not significant or at least not relevant to the current situation. Practically speaking, many radiologists use that, or similar, phrases for all normal chest xrays. Talk to your doc about results. ...Read more

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Is it the same thing as copd? I've been sick for 2 weeks and just couldn't get over it Dr said I have bronchospastic pulmonary disease

Is it the same thing as copd?  I've been sick for 2 weeks and just couldn't get over it Dr said I have bronchospastic pulmonary disease

No: COPD is a chronic disease lasting years. You may have a viral infection or an allergy that is causing this reaction. If it lasts another 2 weeks, it would be prudent to consult a pulmonary medicine specialist.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Last stage. Copd. Pluse langerhans cell histiocytosis with lungs. Also microvascular ischemic disease. What should I expect its my husband?

End stage COPD: Your husband, unfortunately, has both severe lung disease and a bad heart. His exercise capacity must be very low. You did not mention hospice care, but his long-term prognosis is not good. ...Read more

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So low ACE is related to copd, i can't get answer on pulmonary, they refuse to answer.Ggt i can't follow, as I have never drnk alcoho.How liver disease ?

So low ACE is related to copd, i can't get answer on pulmonary, they refuse to answer.Ggt i can't follow, as I have never drnk alcoho.How liver disease ?

Two questions: If low angiotensin converting enzyme means anything at all, that is news to me despite an internet claim. Elevated, it is of some usefulness as a not-sensitive, not-specific screen for sarcoidosis. About 1 person in 1000 has lone elevated GGT on a genetic basis, and i occasionally have to write letters telling employers that these people are not secretly boozing. Does this help? ...Read more

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I took my pro air hfa inhaler before my pulmonary function testing. Would this affect my results if I have COPD , lung damage, or other diseases ?

It would...: improve reversible airway obstruction, as in asthma. Chronic obstructive lung disease, e.g. emphysema, chronic bronchotis, fibrosis, othet, has much more of a permament, irreversible, and less reversible, component to the obstruction. Drugs like proair have less of an effect. Lack of a response is one factor in making the diagnosis. ...Read more

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With chronic bronchitis or copd, what is the color & texture is the mucous or secretions from the lungs ?

With chronic bronchitis or copd, what is the color & texture is the mucous or secretions from the lungs ?

All different...: Sputum can have many colors and still be ok. The color that is most worrisome is red; this always needs to be evaluated by your doctor. Otherwise, if your sputum changes in color and consistency you need to be seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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27 years old with hyperinflated lungs? I have had chronic anxiety and stress and am wondering if this could have caused it or is it asthma or copd?

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27 years old with hyperinflated lungs? I have had chronic anxiety and stress and am wondering if this could have caused it or is it asthma or copd?

Anxiety or Asthma: Could be either or both. A visit to a pulmonary specialist would clarify that, following thorough medical exam & pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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Can some who has been in hosp for over a month due to chf, copd, diabetic and now has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (65yrs old) regain there strength and walk again? Or is this her diease taking over?

Can some who has been in hosp for over a month due to chf, copd, diabetic  and now has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (65yrs old) regain there strength and walk again? Or is this her diease taking over?

Yes: Yes, pulmonary and physical rehab are important for recovery. Compliance with medical treatment and good understanding about these conditions is necessary. Please clarify with your doctor, if the pulmonary hypertension is primary or secondary. ...Read more

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What's COPD respiratory disease?

What's COPD respiratory disease?

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. ...Read more

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82 year old man diognosed with COPD and pulminary hypertension. Is there anything that could increase his lifespan from this disease?

Exercise, meds: You likely have who 3 pulmonary hypertension related to copd. Treating your COPD and participating in pulmonary rehab program is useful. Therapy for pulmonary hypertension is not usually given for type 3 disease although sildenafil has been tried with marginal success. ...Read more

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My nana has advanced copd, could i donate her one of my lungs?

My nana has advanced copd, could i donate her one of my lungs?

Very involved : It is a very big deal to donate a lung to someone. In fact, i don't think i've ever heard of a living lung donor. It's a big surgery, and you could lose more than half your lung function. Usually, lungs come from deceased donors. It's a noble thought, but i'm not sure the transplant surgeon would do that. Good luck to your nana. ...Read more

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Will opiods cause further damage to lungs with copd?

Shouldn't: Oral opioids taken as prescribed should not cause further damage to lungs. ...Read more

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Are there any natural therapies for COPD of the lungs?

Therapy/rehab: The problem with COPD and recurrent lung infections is that the lungs are damaged and abnormal. The best thing to do naturally is to exercise them and improve breathing techniques. Some people go to something like yoga breathing but there are excellent formal pulmonary rehabilitation treatments (typically 8-12 weeks long) that can be extremely helpful. Cough techniques to clear secretions ... ...Read more

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Could anyone suggest natural therapies for COPD of lungs?

Sure: Tried and true strategies: if you are smoking quit smoking, nothing else will do you more good than quitting. Moderate exercise, 20 to 30 minutes a day, 4 or 5 days a week. Increase intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are no proven herbal remedies. Avoid aromatherapy. ...Read more

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Will blowing up balloons strengthen my lungs? I have moderate copd........

No: Nothing you can do will repair the damage to your lung tissue or airways. Your chest muscles are strong enough and balloons are unlikely to help much. There are programs for rehabilitation for COPD patients and I hope you can get into one of these. Best wishes and I hope you do well. ...Read more

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Is COPD severe when lungs are hyper inflated and diaphram is flattened? Can this be reversed?

The severity: of COPD is a clinical assessment and can be quantified with Pulmonary Function Studies, but if those findings are present on a chest xray, it is likely that the COPD is significant. In general, the lung damage cannot be reversed. ...Read more

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Copd, I have been diagnosed with COPD and it was attributed to my smoking over 20 years ago. I thought your lungs recovered over time?

Sorry: Unfortunately the lung does not recover and our lung function will deteriorate with aging whether you're a smoker or not. ...Read more

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What pulmonary function test used for copd?

What pulmonary function test used for copd?

Spirometry: This is the standard test to determine pulmonary obstructions. If you think this is your case, don;t hesitate being tested and if you smoke- stop now ! ...Read more

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Could COPD be caused by an early childhood deformity in the lungs?

Not usually: Generally, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) refers to a condition occurring in adulthood, usually from tobacco use, although there are some rare other contributing causes. Although we see occasional cases of congenital lung structural abnormalities (like congenital lobar emphysema), which can cause other health issues like recurrent pneumonias, it doesn't seem to lead to copd. ...Read more

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How long does someone who has the last stage of COPD and 90% fluid in their lungs have to survive?

Not much: If you really have end stage COPD and you have 90 % fluid in lungs and not treated for it you won't live longer. Technically if you are end stage COPD and any fluid in you lung, you already will be on a breathing machine or life support. ...Read more

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I have COPD. I awoke this morning w/lungs hurting. Hurts worse when trying to lie down. Haven't felt this since being diagnosed almost 5 yrs ago. ???

I have COPD. I awoke this morning w/lungs hurting. Hurts worse when trying to lie down. Haven't felt this since being diagnosed  almost 5 yrs ago. ???

Could be an attack: Could be an exacerbation of COPD which would require treatment. Are you short of breath? Are you hearing a wheeze? Get evaluated and treated right away. Do you smoke? If you do, stop! ...Read more

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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more


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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. ...Read more