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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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Does COPD affect older adults?

Yes: COPD is more common in older adults than younger ones. It is commonly caused by long-term smoking, but can also be caused by a condition called alpha-1-antitrypsin (aat) deficiency. Non-smokers and younger adults who are diagnosed with COPD are strongly urged to get tested for aat deficiency. Some even recommend that any person with COPD should be tested for aat deficiency. ...Read more

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If you didn't outgrow asthma as a child, and still have it as a young adult, does it become COPD when you're older?

Treatment matters: Most asthma can be effectively treated with inhaled medications that would prevent progression to fixed airflow obstruction. Asthma does not lead to emphysema, but if untreated it can lead to scarring of the airways and permanent airflow obstruction. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have copd(i'm 16 teen years old)?

Is it possible that I have copd(i'm 16 teen years old)?

Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that you have COPD at that age. There is a rare disease called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency that can cause COPD at an early age, but asthma is far, far more common at 16! ...Read more

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I'm a 68 yr. old female. 5ft. 6in, with copd. What should my peak flow be. Thank you?

I'm a 68 yr. old female. 5ft. 6in, with copd. What should my peak flow be. Thank you?

Peak flow: How long have you had COPD? In a healthy 68yo who is about your height, normal peak flow is 360-375 or so. More info at eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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51 yr old female diagnosed with COPD. Mild to moderate. How long before I start suffering? And how long do I have to live?

51 yr old female diagnosed with COPD. Mild to moderate. How long before I start suffering?  And how long do I have to live?

Unpredictable.: You'd be certainly accelerating the process of decline if you're still smoking. If not, it's unpredictable, but certain medications and oxygen therapy have been shown to improve life expectancy in more advanced forms of COPD. ...Read more

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Can i really get sick being in the cold air? I am 50 years old and I have copd,

Can i really get sick being in the cold air? I am 50 years old and I have copd,

Maybe: Cold air itself can cause bronchoconstriction and affect your copd. Being out, especially with large crowds and cold weather exposes us all to upper respiratory infections, flu, etc. This can be especially harmful to a COPD patient. ...Read more

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How long can an 84 year old survive after recently having been diagnosed with copd?

Depends...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease. The rate of progression is determined by many factors including age, disease severity at diagnosis, whether smoking is continued, presence of other disease states, etc. In order to answer this question for a particular person, see your doctor so the case specifics can be reviewed! ...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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