What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Learn More Breathe Better®

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

COPD is short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
Disease. It’s a crippling lung disease that with
time takes away your capability of breathing. COPD is a very large problem in this country. About 1 in 5 individuals have COPD. But, there are millions more that may have the disease and don’t even
know it. The COPD Learn More Breathe Better Program is a national education awareness program, that is to bring attention to a disease that
we know is preventable and treatable. If you do have symptoms, seek out medical
help and get a simple breathing test. Getting that breathing test is the first step toward getting an accurate diagnosis and then getting on a treatment plan that
will approve your overall quality of life. COPD is the third leading cause of death in
this country but is also the fourth leading cause of disability. However, there are treatment options that help patients live their life better. The symptoms of COPD tend to come on gradually, they oftentimes are associated with breathlessness, you cough a lot, you have frequent wheezing, you have a lot of production of mucus. While COPD was thought to be a disease of
smokers, either current smokers or ex-smokers, recent data are showing us that up to a quarter
of people with COPD have never smoked. Maybe they have been exposed to secondhand
smoke, or air pollutants or other dusts, or a history of asthma. Finally, a minority of patients have a genetic
disease that is called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. And we are still investigating what are the
connections between this and the development of symptoms like those of COPD. Over time this disease progresses, it gets
worse. You continually start to lose lung function. And unless we have our lungs functioning really
well we lose the ability to provide that vital
oxygen nutrient to those critical organs. You can’t take deep breaths, you have difficulty
doing your chores, you can’t take a walk. A lot of people have to stop working because
of it. There is no cure for COPD. But there are many options today that will
help improve overall symptoms and improve quality
of life. Things like pulmonary rehabilitation, medications,
pharmacological, there’s behavioral medications. And there’s a good opportunity to really
improve your symptoms, overall quality of life so you can live with this disease and do every day activities. We cover basic research programs of course, trying to get to the core of the
disease. What is it that is causing the cells to die? What is it that is causing the air pipes to
narrow? And we are testing new drugs or old drugs
that may be useful. Ultimately, our goal is clearly to try to
prevent the development of COPD

One thought on “What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Learn More Breathe Better®

  1. I was an asthmatic patient and was on steroids from the past
    3 years. One day I was surfing for the internet for something and got to know
    about Planet Ayurveda. I went there, met Dr. Vikram Chauhan. He prescribed me
    with COPD care pack along with some home remedies to follow. I followed all for
    a couple of months along with medicines. It showed amazing results. I am so
    happy now

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