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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Copd (Overview)

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. Common day-to-day COPD symptoms.


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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

Dr. Chad Levitt
1 Doctor shared a insight

Copd (Overview)

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. Common day-to-day COPD symptoms.


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How does COPD affect your overall lifestyle?

How does COPD affect your overall lifestyle?

Shortness of breath: COPD usually causes shortness of breath, especially with exertion, and decreased exercise capacity, causing fatigue with minimal exercise. ...Read more

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Living with COPD (Checklist)

Quit smoking
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Use an inhaler as prescribed, if one is prescribed to you
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Avoid exposure to smoke and other noxious fumes
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Follow up with your doctor
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Is a low spo2% a symptom of copd?

Is a low spo2% a symptom of copd?

Yes, one of them.: COPD symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness & chronic cough; spo2 stands for saturation of peripheral o2. It's measured by passing infrared light thru your finger-no pain! The difference in speed with which infrared passes thru finger depends on how much o2 is in the blood. COPD typically 88%-92% and in healthy lungs, typically 94% or higher. ...Read more

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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

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

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What are the most common symptoms of copd?

What are the most common symptoms of copd?

See below: Chronic cough with mucus production, shortness of breath and decreased daily activity.

This scale will help you to determine the earliest signs of copd
http://copd. Org/sites/default/files/copd-screener. Pdf. ...Read more

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I have developed a chronic cough. I am 41 and a smoker. Could this be an early sign of copd?

I have developed a chronic cough. I am 41 and a smoker. Could this be an early sign of copd?

Chronic bronchitis: You could have chronic bronchitis which is a part of copd. So the simple answer is yes, this might be copd. ...Read more

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Improving Oral Health (Checklist)

Keep sugars and sticky starches to a minimum
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What is a way to actually get a definitive diagnosis of copd?

PFTs...: Pulmonary function tests will definitively diagnose COPD by demonstrating the presence of airway obstruction that is not reversible with bronchodilators. See your doctor to have this testing done! ...Read more

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Who can diagnose copd?

Diagnose...: COPD is diagnosed via clinical assessment and pulmonary function testing. Your family doctor can diagnose copd, although the pulmonary function tests are typically interpreted by a lung specialist and this report is sent to your family doctor. Lung specialists can also diagnose this disease. ...Read more

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Improving Nail Health (Checklist)

Cut the nails straight across
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Do not dig into the corners when you cut your nails
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Avoid harsh chemicals
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My husband was diagnosed with COPD by xray. Should he get additional diagnostics as he is lethargic and has lost weight.?

My husband was diagnosed with COPD by xray. Should he get additional diagnostics as he is lethargic and has lost weight.?

Yes: Yes, definitely. He needs pulmonary function tests and perhaps a ct scan to make sure he doesn't have cancer as well. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can COPD test results change over time?

Yes: Pulmonary function tests typically "deteriorate" as you get older. If a person has impaired pulmonary function as a result of copd, the results can also deteriorate over time. The rate of this decline is variable and is affected by certain variables including tobacco use and genetics. The test results (if performed in a steady state) typically do not improve over time. ...Read more

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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
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Dry well between your toes after you bathe
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Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
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What are the usual respiratory tests for copd?

What are the usual respiratory tests for copd?

Lung function test: A pulmonary function test is the test of choice for copd. It is a series of breathing maneuvers that one does to see if they have the hallmark finding of copd, which is inability to blow all the air out of the lungs. ...Read more

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I wonder why an emergency team would need to know if you have copd?

I wonder why an emergency team would need to know if you have copd?

For care...: For proper care to be given, the emergency team needs to know as much about you as possible, including any diseases you have, prior surgeries, current med list, etc. If you have copd, you may have chronic lung issues and certain therapies may be dangerous for you and would likely not be given if your COPD was known. ...Read more

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Improving Mental Health (Checklist)

Do some form of vigorous exercise everyday
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Maintain perfect sleep hygiene
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Accomplish a task daily, no matter how small
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Have contact with a friend daily, even if by text or email
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Can a workplace or heavy fumes cause copd?

Yes: Yes occupational exposure to certain chemicals can damage the airways and result in either emphysematous changes or chronic bronchial inflammation. ...Read more

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Can a high HS CRP mean copd?

Not reversible: Hs CRP is a measure of inflammation and can be high in sepsis, inflammatory lung diseases. When there is an inflammation occurring in a patient with COPD it will be high, but should never be used to establish a diagnosis of copd. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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How can I treat copd?

How can I treat copd?

Stop smoking...: COPD needs to be treated by a physician as there are meds available like bronchodilators and steroid inhalers to control symptoms. If the oxygen level is low, oxygen therapy may be needed. The best thing you can do for yourself is to quit smoking if you are a smoker. Your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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Flovent or advair, which treats COPD better?

Flovent or advair, which treats COPD better?

Advair: Just an inhaled steroid by itself, like flovent, is seldom, if ever, enough treatment for COPD. You almost always need a bronchodilator along with it. I have never just prescribed an inhaled steroid for COPD.

Flovent is a treatment for asthma. ...Read more

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How is COPD treated?

Inhalers: First, smokers should quit smoking. A number of inhalers are used. There are controlling medications to be taken daily and rescue inhalers to be taken only when needed. For more details, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the latest @ resloving or treating COPD ali?

What is the latest @ resloving or treating COPD ali?

Treatments...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is not curable but it is treatable. Smoking cessation is vital to decrease airway inflammation and slow disease progression. Other treatments include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen therapy, if the systemic oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. ...Read more

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Maintaining Vaginal Health (Checklist)

Wear clean, dry, breathable underwear
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Shower daily
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Do not wear a wet bathing suit after swimming for an extended period
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Maintain good nutrition to ensure good pH balance
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What's the best treatment for copd?

See a pulmonologist: The best treatment depends on how advanced the condition is, what are the main manifestations, and how your body responds to treatment. Your pulmonologist will do the appropriate work up and recommend medications based on established guidelines. ...Read more

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How often do I need breathing treatments for COPD spasms?

How often do I need breathing treatments for COPD spasms?

As often to get well: It depends on the severity. Either albuterol or xopenex (levalbuterol) is given every one, two or four hours until you are no longer short of breath. Other meds may be necessary including steroids, antibiotics and supplemental oxygen. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery that can cure copd?

No: Although there is no surgical option that will "cure" copd, lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplantation have been shown to help improve symptoms and quality of life for people with copd. Along with optimizing the medical care of their condition, these surgical therapies may be a beneficial option for properly selected people suffering from copd. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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