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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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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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 does copd/emphysema with lateral perihilar atelectasis or scarring mean?

What does copd/emphysema with lateral perihilar atelectasis or scarring mean?

COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease encompasses emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Basically, this means that smoking or another inhalant has made distortions in the architecture of your lungs that make it harder for them to work. Atelectasis and scarring physical changes that occur secondary to COPD. ...Read more

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Could tea have any beneficial effects on COPD emphysema chronic bronchitis sufferers?

Could tea have any beneficial effects on COPD emphysema chronic bronchitis sufferers?

Very little.: If the tea has caffeine then this is a very minimal bronchodilator response. Best thing is good nutritional status and physical activity. Follow up with md and use inhalers. Also most important stay off cigs. ...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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I had a stress test and my o2 remained at 99% throughout the test. Does that rule out COPD or emphysema?

I had a stress test and my o2 remained at 99% throughout the test.  Does that rule out COPD or emphysema?

COPD and stress test: It depends on the "severity" of your copd. Some people are obstructed but have no problem with their oxygen level. You cannot rule out COPD or emphysema just based on a stress test. You can say that if you had copd, it is not that severe since your oxygen remained normal. To rule out copd, one has to undergo pft or pulmonary function tests which would let us know if your airways are obstructed. ...Read more

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What is the physiologic difference between asthma, copd, emphysema and bronchitis? How to identify each as an emt? How are they treated?

What is the physiologic difference between asthma, copd, emphysema and bronchitis? How to identify each as an emt?  How are they treated?

Emergency situations: As an emt in these cases you primary concern is to make sure the patient can breathe. In asthma, codp emphysema and "chronic bronchitis" a resuce inhaler like albuterol or ipratropium(copd) owuld be your first response. Steroid inhalers are not for rescue situations. ...Read more

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Will COPD necessarily progress to emphysema?

Will COPD necessarily progress to emphysema?

Emphysema is a COPD: COPD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) is a group of diseases that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The disease names do not indicate severity. ...Read more

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What are the final symptoms of copd-emphysema?

What are the final symptoms of copd-emphysema?

COPD: Severe incapacitating shortness of breath and confusion from hypoxia(low oxygen) and carbon dioxide retention. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of emphysema and COPD?

Same thing: copd refers to the decreased airflow seen in the disease. emphysema is the pathologic process in the lung seen with copd. however the terms are used interchangably when discussing tobacco related lung disease. patients fear the term emphysema and prefer copd or chronic bronchitis ...Read more

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Copd with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Is it possible to treat this?

Copd with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Is it possible to treat this?

COPD Emphysema: Treatment consists of smoking cessation, bronchodilators, steroids, pulmonary rehab, oxygen therapy, management of exacerbation and surgery in selected cases. ...Read more

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When Drs listen to u breath can they tell if you have copd or emphysema ?

When Drs listen to u breath can they tell if you have copd or emphysema ?

Auscultation: When a patient has obstructive airways disease, the expiratory phase of respiration is increased compared to inspiration. There often are additional sounds which can indicate airway obstruction. When added to other physical findings, these can suggest COPD or emphysema. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments for COPD and emphysema that can extend my life?

Are there any new treatments for COPD and emphysema that can extend my life?

Oxygen...: The only therapy that is known to prolong life in COPD is oxygen therapy and it is only needed if your oxygen level on room air is below a certain level. All other therapies are helpful for symptom control but do not actually prolong life. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the 2 types of COPD(chronic bronchitis and emphysema)? And which is worse?

What is the difference between the 2 types of COPD(chronic bronchitis and emphysema)? And which is worse?

There isn't any: in practice, although there are in theory. PURE emphysema involves only the small air sacs, which become less capable of diffusing oxygen into the bloodstream and clearing carbon dioxide, enlarge and coalesce with othrs. Pure bronchitis inflames and narrows the smaller air passages so that oxygen/CO2 can't get through. Most patients have BOTH of these processes, though one may predominate.Both bad ...Read more

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Severe COPD and emphysema. Off prednizone a week ago and been on o2 24/7. What could be the cause of o2 dropping apon getting up. Never did before.

Severe COPD and emphysema.  Off prednizone a week ago and been on o2 24/7. What could be the cause of o2 dropping apon getting up. Never did before.

Possible O2 time: The steroids only reduce inflammation. Not improve your oxygen. So possible your lung function severe enough that you may qualify for supplemental o2. Need to have your pft done to determine if your worse or not. Oxygen will improve your survival as well. Other causes maybe your developing an infection such as pneumonia as well. See your md and test your o2 while walking or at night sleeping. ...Read more

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33y male have anatomic bullea emphysema and chronic bronchities with normal pft my dclo is 87% dc said mild COPD can i live till 70 what should i do?

See Below: First, if you smoke STOP NOW! Second, make sure that you have regular pulmonary function tests so your doctor knows when and how to treat. Third, get your alpha-1-antitrypsin level checked and if it's low get on replacement therapy. Make sure you have a Pulmonologist working with you. ...Read more

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Could emphysema and COPD continue to progress after you stop smoking for 40 years?

Could emphysema and COPD continue to progress after you stop smoking for 40 years?

Usually not, but...: Once you stop smoking, the destruction from the smoking stops. But, the decline in lung function does not. Everyone loses lung function with aging. But those who have COPD may lose that function at a faster rate, even if they stop smoking. Does that mean they should continue to smoke? No! ...Read more

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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


Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Guaifenex La (Definition)

Guaifenex LA is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more