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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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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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Why do COPD patients crave chocolate?

Why do COPD patients crave chocolate?

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 more

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Why does COPD patient crave salt?

Why does COPD patient crave salt?

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 more

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What is a good diet for COPD patients?

What is a good diet for COPD patients?

Keep weight down: Any change in your eating habits that will keep your weight down would be beneficial. Obesity will ceratinly affect your breathing. Good exercise (with physician approval) and good eating habits can only help you and improve your outlook. ...Read more

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Why do patients with COPD wear a medical alert bracelet?

Why do patients with COPD wear a medical alert bracelet?

Steroid use: Medical alert tags tell an emergency responder about conditions that may impact the patients treatment. Chronic steroid use would be important information. Also! Many COPD patients have trouble breathing with too much oxygen! ...Read more

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Why does a COPD patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

Why does a COPD patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

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 more

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What is a pulmo aide and why is it used for COPD patients?

Nebulizer: Pulmoaide is a nebulizer. Nebulizers are often used in COPD to deliver medications such as bronchodilators into the lung by inhalation. ...Read more

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Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a COPD patient?

Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a COPD patient?

Varies: If a COPD patient has had previous illnesses which required IV therapy, sometimes the veins are used up and can't be used again. Some individuals simply have a lack of adequate surface veins regardless of whether they have copd. ...Read more

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Why does this COPD patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

Why does this COPD patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

COPD: COPD stands for for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The term obstructive refers to the impaired ability to exhale due to damaged lung and/or airways. ...Read more

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What are 10 important points about the care of patients with copd?

What are 10 important points about the care of patients with copd?

Here they are.: No smoking, flu shot, pneumonia shot, breathing exercises, compliance with maintenance inhalers, prompt treatment for respiratory infections, avoidance of drugs that depress breathing, oxygen may be necessary, avoid beta blockers, monitor lung functio tests. ...Read more

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What are the appropriate anesthetics to patients copd?

What are the appropriate anesthetics to patients copd?

There is no right: Answer. It depends on the severity of the cold, type of surgery and other medical issues. If possible, choices that lead to decreased narcotic use or a non-general technique may be advised. ...Read more

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Are COPD patients extremely hungry at times?

Are COPD patients extremely hungry at times?

Usually not: Most commonly advancing COPD will lead to weight loss. If the person is taking Prednisone for copd, the medication can lead to a substantial increase in appetite and often result in weight gain (in part due to water retention). ...Read more

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Could you give high flow o2 to a COPD patient?

Could you give high flow o2 to a COPD patient?

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 more

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What is life expectancy of a patient who has copd?

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What is life expectancy of a patient who has copd?

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 more

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What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

No minimum: There is no minimum. Ambient air is 21%, if it is not enough, you go up from there. Oxygen delivered by a nasal cannula starts with 0.5 lpm and goes up from there by half liter increments. Common starting rates are 1 - 1.5 lpm. ...Read more

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Do doctors refer patients with COPD to the gym for exercise?

COPD and Exercise: Supervised exercise programs can be very helpful for COPD patients. For severe disease, the exercise should be done in a formal pulmonary rehabilitation program. Milder disease may permit the exercise to be done at a gym but only if approved by the doctor. ...Read more

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What are some precautions that COPD patients should be taking?

What are some precautions that COPD patients should be taking?

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 more

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Would all patients admitted with COPD exacerbation get abgs drawn up?

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 more

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Why do copd/cold patients sometimes need to use pulmo aide nebulizer?

Why do copd/cold patients sometimes need to use pulmo aide nebulizer?

Medication delivery: Pulmo aide is one brand of nebulizer. There are many others. Patients with COPD benefit from medications delivered directly to the lung by an inhaler or a nebulizer. A nebulizer is useful for those who cannot use an inhaler effectively. ...Read more

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Why would a patient with COPD breathe better when he is a sitting position?

Why would a patient with COPD breathe better when he is a sitting position?

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

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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 more

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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 more

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How effective is harmonica therapy in COPD patients?

How effective is harmonica therapy in COPD patients?

Breathing Exercises.: Any breathing exercises, playing the harmonica or otherwise, could help improve some symptoms of COPD. ...Read more

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Why is the blood sugar monitored for COPD patients?

Possibilities...: Some patients with COPD are treated intermittently with systemic steroid therapy. A side effect of this medication is elevated blood sugars so blood sugars are frequently monitored in a patient taking this medication. ...Read more

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Can COPD patients use glutathione in a nebulizer?

Can COPD patients use glutathione in a nebulizer?

Use as mucomist: Glutathione is end product of n-acetyl cysteine since glutathione gets degraded quickly you need the precursor. So for COPD use mucomist which is nac in liquid form smells like sewage so I prefer the capsule to avoid this. John hopkins univ did a critical care seminar and they are using nac for acute kidney failure too. ...Read more

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Does COPD cause low oxigen levels in patients after surgery?

Does COPD cause low oxigen levels in patients after surgery?

COPD: COPD patients have a persistent state of low oxygen. They need to be monitored with yearly Pulmonary Function Tests with DLCO. Medical management with inhalers like combivent and dulera (formoterol and mometasone). Self management with home pulse OX. Also therapy for nicotine addiction if present. The stress of surgery often flares COPD depending how long and what anesthesia was used. You must be careful with giving O2 ...Read more

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Would an end stage COPD patient be able to come off ventilator?

Possible: It is possible but very difficult. There are many factors influencing outcome. Mental status, nutrition, extend of lung disease, cause of lung disease, coexisting infections or heart diseases. ...Read more

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Is anything wrong with a patient with COPD has a po2 of 55 and a pco2 of 65?

Is anything wrong with a patient with COPD has a po2 of 55 and a pco2 of 65?

Severe: The blood gas described is consistent with a chronic hypoxic hypercarbic patient with severe disease or a less severe COPD patient experiencing an exacerbation - additional values such as the bicarb abd ph would be helpful but this person needs to be evaluated in a broader context to determine if these abnormalities show worsening or a poor baseline. ...Read more

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Will increasing a COPD patient's oxygen when taken to 5, 000 ft altitude injure her?

Usually not: Check with the doctor to make sure the patient does not have a tendency to retain carbon dioxide. Also, it is best to have an oximeter, a device that measures oxygen levels, with you. It will allow you to use just enough, not more not less. ...Read more

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I am COPD patient last 3 years. Now my spo2 has dropped to < 70 w/o external oxygen. Please advice?

Need treatment: You need to get good treatment for COPD and quit smoking. If you still have low oxygen saturation then you need to wear oxygen around. ...Read more

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Can you explain what nac is? Also, who is nac helpful for in terms of COPD patients? Http://www. Advance health. Com/nacetylcysteine. Html

Can you explain what nac is? Also, who is nac helpful for in terms of COPD patients? Http://www. Advance health. Com/nacetylcysteine. Html

Mucolytic, not very: Nac is also called n-acetylcysteine. It can be used to help break up thick secretions particularly in patients on mechanical ventilation or who are undergoing bronchoscopy. It can be simply squirted through a breathing tube or nebulized. It tends to irritate the airway when used a great deal. It is available in an form that can be ingested, and has some medical roles, but not much involving copd. ...Read more

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Can hyperbaric chamber help a COPD patient?

Can hyperbaric chamber help a COPD patient?

Agree w Dr. Wyatt: I don't think I would clear a patient with COPD to go into a hyperbaric chamber due to risk of air trapping ; pneumothorax. COPD is not an approved indication for hyperbaric oxygen use. ...Read more

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Can COPD patients take cough meds and or mucous thining meds?

Can COPD patients take cough meds and or mucous thining meds?

Yes and no: Be sure the over the counter product does not contain antihistamines which can dry secretions and possibibly make secretions more tenacious. Ask your physician or pharmacist before using such products. ...Read more

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Why is it more difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Why is it more difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Not necessarily: In any one with poor veins it is difficult to access. People with low BP and collapsed veins, it is even more difficult. ...Read more

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Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a CHF and COPD patient?

Not related: Some people have good veins, some have very small and fragile veins, some have used up their veins. There is nothing particular to COPD and CHF to make difficult IV access. ...Read more

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Why might it be that it be difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Congestive failure: Usually it is easy to start ivs on CHF and cold patients. It may be difficult if the veins are scarred from prior ivs or if the patient is dehydrated. ...Read more

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What do you suggest to give to a patient who has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd?

Treatment...: Treatment of COPD usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen, if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. Other treatments depend on the specific symptoms present. There is no cure! ...Read more

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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