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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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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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COPD (Tip)

COPD

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

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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 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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COPD (Tip)

COPD

Steer clear of foods that make you gassy. They bloat your stomach and can worsen your COPD symptoms. ...See 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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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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If advanced copd, ask your doctor if you are a candidate for lung volume reduction surgery. ...See 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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