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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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I took my pro air hfa inhaler before my pulmonary function testing. Would this affect my results if I have COPD , lung damage, or other diseases ?

It would...: improve reversible airway obstruction, as in asthma. Chronic obstructive lung disease, e.g. emphysema, chronic bronchotis, fibrosis, othet, has much more of a permament, irreversible, and less reversible, component to the obstruction. Drugs like proair have less of an effect. Lack of a response is one factor in making the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pt. With severe COPD and is non - responsive to inhaled steroids. Has tried "most" of the inhaled albuterols, combivents, (albuterol and ipratropium) and anti-cholinergis. ?

Pt. With severe COPD and is non - responsive to inhaled steroids.  Has tried "most" of the inhaled albuterols,  combivents, (albuterol and ipratropium) and anti-cholinergis. ?

Wrong diagnosis?: If you never smoked and aren't responding to these medications the diagnosis may be incorrect. There are a variety of combination meds that are usually effective for true copd; however some people just don't seem to benefit from them. Trying nebulizer medications may be be a good alternative. ...Read more

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Never have enough air in my lungs to take a real deep breath. Could this be COPD or lung cancer?

Deep breath: Not likely. However, if this is a persistent problem, you should have a chest x-ray to start and see your physician. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed COPD w/Interstitial lung disease. I had sarcoidosis at 24 I am now 59 yrs. old. I am short of breath. What is the treament?

I have  been diagnosed COPD w/Interstitial lung disease. I had sarcoidosis at 24 I am now 59 yrs. old.  I am short of breath. What is the treament?

There: are new treatments for active pulmonary fibrosis, some treatments to alleviate bronchospasm, talk to your pulmonologist, or rheumatologist if sarcoid active for other treatments. ...Read more

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Went to my doc for shortness of breath, and congestion feeling, she told me my lungs were clear. Any idea's. Have appt with cardio. I do have copd?

Went to my doc for shortness of breath, and congestion feeling, she told me my lungs were clear. Any idea's. Have appt with cardio. I do have  copd?

Short of breath: There are lots of possibilities and a history and physical exam and possibly other work up might be needed. From out here can't say anything specific. Be sure to talk about it and get clarity from the cardiologist. ...Read more

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Mild COPD hyperinflated lungs, flat diaphragm 58yr male 40yr former smoker now jogging healthy eating not short of breath normal lifespan possible?

Mild COPD  hyperinflated lungs, flat diaphragm 58yr male 40yr former smoker now jogging  healthy eating not short of breath normal lifespan possible?

Yes, indeed. : Absolutely! people with COPD can live full, productive lives. The best thing you have done for yourself is quit smoking. Would encourage you to stay as active as possible, and don't let COPD dominate your life. Best of luck! ...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


Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more