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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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.


Dr. Eric Toloza
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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 (Tip)

Living with COPD

Good nutrition and exercise is essential to living with copd. ...See more

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Living with COPD (Checklist)

Quit smoking
once
Use inhaler as prescribed
once
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?

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?

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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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Living with COPD (Tip)

Living with COPD

Steer clear of foods that make you gassy. They bloat your stomach and can worsen your COPD symptoms. ...See more

Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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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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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?

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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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Living with COPD (Tip)

Living with COPD

If advanced copd, ask your doctor if you are a candidate for lung volume reduction surgery. ...See more

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