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What Are Some Precautions That Copd Patients Should Be Taking Around Smokers
Avoid...: As a COPD patient, you need to avoid second hand smoke as much as possible since this smoke will result in further airway inflammation, resulting in more symptoms and faster progression. If you wear oxygen, you absolutely cannot be around anyone smoking, ever, since it can cause a fire! key word: avoid! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
No smoking...: The single most important thing for COPD patients to do is to stop smoking. This will decrease the amount of airway inflammation and will thus slow the progression of this incurable disease and decrease symptoms including shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They don't: Pt's with COPD have risk factors for infection or tumors. The COPD per se does not cause salt craving. If there are other things like tumor thee these can cause antidiutetic effect, dilution by too much water and sensed in the brain as hypoosmolality and salt craving. On the other hand some things from the lungs can go to the adrenal glands and these hormones can cause salt craving. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: Oxygen is only prescribed when the oxygen level in the body is low and only in the lowest amount needed to maintain the oxygen level at an acceptable level. Oxygen must be carefully prescribed by a doctor with monitoring of the patient's oxygen levels because giving too much oxygen is harmful as is not giving enough! see your doctor if you think your oxygen level is low! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on factors: Such as body mass index, degree of airway obstruction, degree of uncomfortable breathing, exercise tolerance, smoking status, presence of complications including pulmonary hypertension, right sided heart failure, chronic respiratory failure, degree of carbon dioxide retention, frequency of exacerbations, and other medical conditions. I have had patients die in their 50s & some that lived 90+ yrs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Interesting question: If you ask me, most if not all such patients should get abgs. Physicians practice differently though and not all do this. There are no hard guidelines and standard of care for that as far as I am aware, unless the patient is in respiratory failure/intubated where abgs guide the management. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gravity: COPD patients have trouble getting air out, they often use more muscle work to breath. So in the sitting position gravity helps take the abdominal contents out of the picture and helps the diaphragm recoil back. Plus arms are there to prop forward and expand the chest the widest. ...Read more
Why (specificaly) would a patient with COPD breath better when he or she is in a sitting position?
Leverage: In COPD you need to make a bigger effort to breathe, to compensate for the narrowed bronchial tubes. This is generated by the breathing muscles which are located between the ribs, in the neck area, and upper torso. The muscles generate the most force when they are not too stretched and not too relaxed. This is best achieved in the seated position. Other factors also play a role. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Craving chocolate: Chocolate contains neurotransmitters like phenylethylamine. This is the neurotransmitter that is very high when we are madly in love. Depression due to rejection( not correspondence from our love wishes) drops this levels causing depression. Unconsciously rejected lovers crave for chocolate. Also substances like theobromine and caffeine in chocolate are stimulants. Copders are not the only ones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Narrowed Plumming: Through means we do not completely understand, people with COPD have narrowing of the tubes that deliver air to sacs in the lung where oxygen is absorbed. This is probably due to prolonged exposure to irritants that damage the tissue. The pressure from breathing out can further compress the tubes. The smaller the tube the longer it takes the air to pass. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)
Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more
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