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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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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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Can COPD be reversed?

Can COPD be reversed?

No: One out of four people who have smoked 15 years 1 pack per day will develop copd. Once it is established it will continue to worsen although at different rates depending upon active smoking and genetic predisposition. Rate of decline depends on active smoking and genetics. There is no way to reverse COPD once it is established. ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed?

PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important. ...Read more

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What're COPD symptoms?

Symptoms...: COPD symptoms include shortness of breath either with activity or at rest, cough either productive of sputum or non-productive. Symptoms can also include weight loss and malaise. Symptoms typically occur after a significant smoking history. See your doctor for testing if you think you may have this incurable disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of copd?

What are the symptoms of copd?

COPD: COPD is characterized by shortness of breath and chronic productive cough, typically in a smoker or ex-smoker. ...Read more

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What mean of COPD excarbation?

Acute worsening : COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is thought to be a chronic low grade continuing inflammatory disorder due to smoking (most of the time). There is a problem getting air out of the lungs. An acute exacerbation means worsening of the chronic process due to an infection. It is characterized by increased sputum production, greenish-yellowish sputum ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed and treated?

How is COPD diagnosed and treated?

COPD...: COPD is diagnosed by clinical symptoms in conjunction with pulmonary function tests. Treatment usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Oxygen therapy is prescribed if the oxygen level is low. Smoking cessation is also essential to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Is COPD reversible or is it terminal?

Is COPD reversible or is it terminal?

COPD: COPD is an acronym for a number of diseases that lead to progressive lung function loss, breathing problems, and disability in many patients at risk due to chronic inflammation caused by noxious stimuli-- like smoking. The stage of COPD is crucial in determining risk of premature loss of life and a pulmonary function test is needed. The more severe, the greater the risk potential. ...Read more

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Should I be around cats if I have copd?

Should I be around cats if I have copd?

Depends...: If you are allergic to cats you should avoid them since this can lead to bronchospasm and airway inflammation, causing a worsening of your symptoms. If you don't know whether you have a cat allergy, see your doctor since testing can be done and then advice can be more accurately given! ...Read more

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What's COPD and what are the stages of it?

COPD...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a slowly progressive, incurable lung disease usually caused by smoking. There are treatments that control symptoms and smoking cessation is a necessary component of therapy. See your doctor for both diagnosis and treatment. ...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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