Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Do you sometimes have trouble breathing? Do you suffer from shortness of breath? You may be suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. According to The American Lung Association, “COPD is the third leading cause of death among citizens in the United States. In 2015, it was reported that more than 11 million people in the United States had been diagnosed with COPD.”
What is COPD?
COPD, short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, “is a group of progressive lung diseases that makes it difficult to breathe”, according to HealthLine. One of the main causes of COPD is smoking. According to the American Lung Association, smoking accounts for approximately 90% of all its cases.
Two of the most common groups are emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
- Emphysema– this is when the air sacs in your lungs (also called the alveoli) become damaged and enlarged instead of maintaining its small stature. As a result, this causes less oxygen to into the blood.
- Chronic Bronchitis– this is when your bronchial tubes (the tubes are airways that transports air to your lungs) become irritated or inflamed. This can cause mucus to build up. As a result, you may experience a lot of coughing
What are the signs and symptoms?
COPD can affect any individual differently. Some of the main types of signs and symptoms are listed below:
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent cough
- Developing a lot of mucus in lungs
For more on the signs and symptoms of this lung disease, visit here.
Is there treatment?
There is no cure for this lung disease, however, there are ways to manage the lung disease. Depending on the severity of an individuals condition, depends on the treatments offered to them. For example, quitting smoking is a beneficial way to help reduce the risks of this disease. Additionally, oxygen therapy, vaccines, bronchodilators and more!
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