COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPD

What is COPD?

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, where it is hard to breathe, and progressively gets worse over time.

Usually patients with COPD cough up large amounts of mucus, have shortness of breath, wheeze, and experience tightness in the chest.

Understanding The Lungs

To better understand this disease, it is good to have an overview understanding of the lungs.  When you breath in air, it goes down your windpipe, into the bronchial tubes of the lungs which branch out into smaller tubes called bronchioles.  At the end of these tubes are tiny sacs called alveoli.

Oxygen passes through the air sac walls and into the blood, at which point carbon dioxide moves from the capillaries into the air sacks. When you breathe in, the air sacs inflate, and when you breathe out, they deflate.

With COPD, not enough air flows in and out of the airways for the following reasons:

Causes & Risks of COPD

Signs & Symptoms of COPD

Outlook

COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, while many who have the disease do not even know it.  As the symptoms slowly get worse, it becomes harder to do routine activities.

Treatments & Lifestyle Changes for COPD

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