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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Copd (Overview)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a condition where cigarettes or other irritants cause erosion of the small air sacs of the lungs, called alveoli, leading to mucous staying in the lungs and blocking good air flow.


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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What is the simplest definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd)?

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Copd (Overview)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a condition where cigarettes or other irritants cause erosion of the small air sacs of the lungs, called alveoli, leading to mucous staying in the lungs and blocking good air flow.


Dr. Eric Toloza
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How does COPD affect your overall lifestyle?

Dr. Eric Toloza
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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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 (Tip)

Living with COPD

It's a myth that: all people with COPD are smokers. Most are, but there are other causes! ...See more

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Board Certified, Pulmonology
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Living with COPD (Checklist)

Quit smoking
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Use inhaler as prescribed
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Avoid exposure to smoke and other noxious fumes
once
Follow up with your doctor
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Dr. Francine Mosley
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Is a low spo2% a symptom of copd?

Dr. Francine Mosley
Board Certified, General Practice
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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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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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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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Living with COPD

Patients with COPD have better outcomes when they live with others than when they live alone. ...See more

Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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What are the most common symptoms of copd?

Dr. Benjamin Lessig
Board Certified, Geriatrics
20 years in practice
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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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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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I have developed a chronic cough. I am 41 and a smoker. Could this be an early sign of copd?

Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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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Living with COPD

When you have copd, maintaining a healthy weight is key to improving your quality of life. ...See more

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