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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. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as 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 for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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How can I improve my breathing so i can get off supplemental oxygen? I do not have COPD or other. I live in high altitude state.

How can I improve my breathing so i can get off supplemental oxygen?  I do not have COPD or other.  I live in high altitude state.

Oxygen: There typically is an underlying reason that you need oxygen-acute pneumonia/ recent surgery with underlying lung issue that was not previously causing problem/ pe, etc. Whatever the underlying reason is has to be remedied and then you should be reassessed. ...Read more

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Will increasing a COPD patient's oxygen when taken to 5, 000 ft altitude injure her?

Will increasing a COPD patient's oxygen when taken to 5, 000 ft altitude injure her?

Usually not: Check with the doctor to make sure the patient does not have a tendency to retain carbon dioxide. Also, it is best to have an oximeter, a device that measures oxygen levels, with you. It will allow you to use just enough, not more not less. ...Read more

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Do cortisone shots not work in high altitude?

Do cortisone shots not work in high altitude?

They should work: There is no reason that the effectiveness of a cortisone injection should be affected by altitude. At least none that i can imagine. ...Read more

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Can't sleep, high altitude, really restless what do I do?

Can't sleep, high altitude, really restless what do I do?

Routine + melatonin: Many things like anxiety and change in environment can affect sleep. Try melatonin 3-6mg 1 hour before bedtime. Here are some more helpful hints! http://doccarnahan.Blogspot.Com/2011/02/sleep-like-baby-dr-jills-twelve-tips-to.Html. ...Read more

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Are pacemakers affected at all by long distance flights or particularly high altitude?

Pacemakers: The function of a pacemaker is not affected by long distance flights or altitude. The patient's underlying disease process depending on what it is, could however be affected by either. ...Read more

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What diet and exercise changes do I need if I am going into a high altitude environment?

What diet and exercise changes do I need if I am going into a high altitude environment?

Water and cardio: It is important to drink more water. Also, doing cardiovascular exercises can help aclimate you to the new environment sooner. I'm presuming that we are discussing places like colorado or similar mountain areas which are typically a mile above sea level. For extreme high altitudes, such as himalayan mountains, there are significant dangers from altitude and that is a more complicated answer. ...Read more

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Is it advisable for one whose asthma is well controlled to travel to places of high altitude?

Is it advisable for one whose asthma is well controlled to travel  to places of high altitude?

What do YOU mean by: "well controlled"? Asthma in america study reveals that most patients rating their asthma well controlled are not in control by the standards of allergists & pulmonologists. A simple yardstick is the rule of twos. Asthma is in control when albuterol use <3x/week & waking up at night from asthma <3x/month & exacerbation of asthma requiring Prednisone or er visit <2x/year. Pass & you're good to go. ...Read more

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Can high altitude cause hypertension or aggravate it if it already exists? If so what causes this?

Can high altitude cause hypertension or aggravate it if it already exists? If so what causes this?

No, Internal Control: Bp: a result of cardiac output vs. Average resistance of the 20, 000 to 30, 000 end arteries (arterioles) which determine blood flow to each capillary bed, both co ; size of all arterioles (degree of constriction) are under split-second control from brain ; constantly being adjusted. BP is just a momentary result. Brain integrates many variables, including perceptions/feelings ; adjusts accordingly. ...Read more

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What could it be to have high hemoglobin? No smoke, no live on high altitude, no kidney issues. Please help!

What could it be to have high hemoglobin? No smoke, no live on high altitude, no kidney issues. Please help!

Agree and...: P vera is rare ; genetic. Be sure you are talking about truly high number. Other causes are sleep apnea, lung disease, non smoking chronic carbon monoxide exposure, liver disease, kidney cysts or obstruction that may be unknown, adrenal causes, very rare tumors that put out epo (which tell the body to make more hemoglobin) no need to guess though--your provider will be able to sort it out for you. ...Read more

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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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High Altitude (Definition)

As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your ...Read more