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COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Get the facts on this leading cause of death.

If you smoke or used to smoke, you’re at risk for lung disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, shortened COPD, refers to a wide variety of lung conditions. The two most common conditions include chronic asthmatic bronchitis and emphysema. As these diseases progress and damage to the airways worsens, breathing becomes more difficult—making even the most menial of daily tasks seem impossible.
If you’re a smoker, prepare yourself. Here’s what you should know about COPD.

Risk Factors

While not everyone who smokes cigarettes gets COPD, the more you smoke, the greater your risk for developing this disease, as 80 to 90 percent of COPD cases are caused by smoking cigarettes. The other 10 to 20 percent are caused by either a specific genetic condition; exposure to fumes or gases on the job; exposure to pollution, dust, or secondhand smoke; pipe, cigar, or marijuana smoking; or frequent inhalation of smoke from a fire without adequate ventilation.

I’ve tried to determine the benefits of smoking, and the only one I can find is increased risk of disease. - Unknown

Chronic Asthmatic Bronchitis

One of the two most common diseases associated with COPD, chronic asthmatic bronchitis leads to narrowing and inflammation in the lung’s airways. This disease causes increased mucous production, which further constricts the airways and causes a productive cough and frequent wheezing.

Emphysema

A second disease linked to COPD is emphysema. This condition damages the tiny, grape-like clusters of air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. When the surfaces of the alveoli are damaged, less oxygen is exchanged with carbon dioxide. Also, when the alveoli become weakened, they collapse and trap air. This causes shortness of breath and difficulty exhaling.

Symptoms

Since COPD is a slow-developing disease, most cases are seen in people over 40 years of age. Because of the slow progression of COPD, many people may not realize they have the disease for some time. Symptoms may not appear until extensive lung damage has already occurred.

Symptoms of COPD vary from person to person. Symptoms also depend on which lung disease is more progressed.
Common symptoms experienced with COPD include the following:

  • tightness in the chest
  • shortness of breath that worsens with exertion
  • wheezing
  • a chronic cough that may be dry or with mucous
  • fatigue
  • frequent respiratory infections
  • difficulty catching one’s breathe

If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them. Contact your physician to find out if you may be living with COPD.

Complications

On top of the range of problematic symptoms, COPD can lead to further health problems. Research has shown a connection between COPD and irregular heartbeat, heart swelling or failure, a need for oxygen therapy, pneumonia, and osteoporosis.

But wait—there’s more. COPD also leads to malnutrition, high blood pressure, depression, and the number one killer of men and women throughout the world: heart disease.

Treatment

Through a lung function test (spirometry), listening to the lungs, and possibly X-rays, CT scans, and blood tests, your doctor will be able to diagnose COPD. Since you can’t reverse lung damage, there’s no cure for this disease.

Thankfully, there are ways to control symptoms, lessen your chance of complications, and improve your quality of life.

To reduce your likelihood of your COPD growing worse over time, stop smoking immediately. You should also avoid secondhand smoke, fumes, or pollution; and if prescribed, take medications in the form of inhalers, inhaled steroids, anti-inflammatory medications, or antibiotics.

There are also other great tips to live as healthy a life as possible with COPD. You can better control your COPD by drinking plenty of water and using a humidifier, exercising regularly to strengthen and improve your respiratory muscles, and eating a healthy diet. Additionally, you’ll want to get an annual flu shot (infections worsen symptoms of COPD), avoid breathing in cold air (it can trigger shortness of breath, and undergo oxygen therapy through a portable breathing machine if your oxygen level is low.

In severe cases, you may need to undergo surgical removal of damaged lung tissues or even get on the waiting list for a lung transplant.