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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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How does incentive spirometry prevent fever and why is it so importanr?

How does incentive spirometry prevent fever and why is it so importanr?

Prevents infection..: When a person doesn't take deep breaths, the airways not being used tend to close off so that the inhaled air is routed to the lung space that is being used. But, secretions can collect in these airways and stay there where they can become infected, leading to acute bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Incentive spirometry causes you to open these airways, expectorate secretions and prevent infections! ...Read more

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Normal spirometry moderately impaired DLCO. Does this mean COPD?

Normal spirometry moderately impaired DLCO. Does this mean COPD?

Not definitive: This does require interpretation by your doctor because there can be other reasons to have an impaired DLCO. Other criteria that need to be met in order to diagnose COPD and/or Emphysema. ...Read more

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Dr.Tony l.Wilson my whole spirometry was 83% pred.Value is this COPD stoped smoking since test .

Not necessarily: Levels above 80% are considered normal on spirometry. There is a wide range of normal values. In any case, stopping smoking is an excellent decision and will help your overall health. ...Read more

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Is there any risks of using an incentive spirometer to improve the lung function on a regular basis? Few times every day?

No particular risks: I cannot conceive any risks for using your own incentive spirometry on a regular basis. It just coaches you to take deep and full breaths to help minimize the risk of atelectasis. ...Read more

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Is this ok to use incentive spirometer exerciser?

Yes: No problems have been reported; nor could one anticipate one with the 'essence of life'. I hope you dont have severe COPD and blebs, that may rupture, in rare conditions. ...Read more

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Is 82% spirometry, being an ex smoker, a sign of copd?

Possibly: Which part of the test was 82 %? An fev1 of 82% may indicate mild or early copd. ...Read more

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Dr.Tony my whole spirometry was 83% of predic.Value is this COPD ?

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Dr.Tony my whole spirometry was 83% of predic.Value is this COPD ?

COPD: Assuming the percentage was your fev1, 83% places you at stage i, which is mild copd. There appears to be some impact to your lung function, but it should be fairly easily controlled with inhalers; discuss with your doctor, and definitely stay off the cigarettes! good luck! ...Read more

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Does this mean mild COPD if a spirometry test shows mild obstruction?

Mild copd: Mild COPD is mild obstruction to air flow during exhalation.This can lead to shortness of breath during activity. ...Read more

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


Pulmonary Function Test (Definition)

Pulmonary function tests is a term used to describe a group of tests done to determine lung function. Spirometry measures the amount of air that can be taken in as well as the flow rate of forcefully exhaled air . A graph is generated and can be used to determine lung function. Likewise lung volumes and diffusing capacity determine the capacity as well as ...Read more