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Saturday, November 10, 2018

COPD Awareness

It's that time of year where we often have coughs and colds. Some of these may be normal and others may not . =Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema and COPD are all examples of when a cough is more than a cough. Inside the lungs are little air sacs known as alveoli. Whenever an individual with COPD those air sacs have been damaged all ready. Individuals suffering with emphysema more than likely have partially destroyed air sacs. Whenever the air sacs are limited the lungs struggle to do their job The organ responsible for transferring oxygen into the bloodstream are the lungs. Whenever diseases affect the lungs it is harder to do their job.

Individuals with healthy airways can easily move air in and out of the middle of the airway. Individuals with chronic bronchitis has swollen airway walls. Because of this more mucus is produced leading to a chronic productive cough.

COPD may first be noticed as the shortness of breath with strenuous activity. Because of the stren they feel when exercising many will stop. As COPD continues to worsen more signs such as shortness of breath with less activity will occur. At one time COPD was seen as hopeless but now it is treatable when diagnosed early and treated.

Today, when suffering from one of these respiratory illness it can be treated. Treatments include

  • steroids
  • mucolytic agents
  • oxygen therapy
  • surgical procedures
  • lung transplantation
Stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  1. symptoms are often mistaken for other respiratory problems
  2. bronchodilator rehabilitation
  3. cardiopulmonary rehabilitation 
  4. long acting bronchodilators, long term oxygen therapy, possible surgery 
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