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COPD Health Center

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  1. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and you:Have shortness of breath or wheezing that is rapidly getting worse.Are coughing more deeply or more frequently, especially if you notice an increase in mucus (sputum) or a change in the color of the mucus you cough up.Cough up blood.Have increased swelling in your legs or

  2. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - Why Would I Not Be Tested?

    You may decide not to be tested because:You do not have symptoms of lung disease.No one in your family has AAT deficiency or lung or liver disease.You would be worried if you knew that you might get lung or liver disease some day.You do not smoke and you already are taking good care of yourself. You think there is nothing more you could do to prevent or delay the disease.The test cannot predict ..

  3. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Cause

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is most often caused by smoking. Nearly everyone with COPD (80% to 90%) has been a long - term smoker, and research supports the fact that smoking cigarettes increases the risk of developing COPD.1 At least 10% to 15% of long - term smokers develop COPD with symptoms; some studies indicate up to 50% of long - term smokers older than age 45 develop COPD.

  4. Anticholinergics for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    Drug details for Anticholinergics for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  5. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. COPD: Learning to Breathe Easier

  6. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Avoiding weight loss when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Eating well when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Exercises for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Using a metered - dose ...

  7. COPD and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency - Topic Overview

    What does it mean to conserve energy?Cooking dinner, putting away laundry, or even just walking across your living room can be exhausting when you have COPD, heart failure, or another long-term (chronic) condition. You may feel at times as though you've lost your ability to live your life.Conserving, or saving, your energy means finding ways of doing daily activities with as little effort as possible. With some planning and tips, you can get tasks done more easily and enjoy your daily routine.How can you conserve energy in daily activities?Plan activitiesMake a list of what you have to do every day. Group the tasks by location, so you do all the chores you have in one part of your house around the same time.Go out for errands or do chores at the time of day when you have the most energy.Leave plenty of time to do tasks or get to events. That way you aren't rushed and breathless to get somewhere. Include rest periods in your day.Ask for help from family or friends for chores that are

  8. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Topic Overview

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) weakens the structure of the lung and may also damage the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lung. When these air sacs break down,larger airspaces known as bullae are formed. Bullae sometimes can become so large that they interfere with breathing and may cause complications: They can burst,leading to a collapsed lung ( pneumothorax ). A collapsed lung ...

  9. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Symptoms

    People who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) usually have some symptoms of both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Your symptoms will change depending on the severity of your COPD.Key symptoms include:Long - term (chronic) cough.Chronic mucus (sputum) production when you cough.Repeated episodes of acute bronchitis.Shortness of breath that is persistent and gets worse, occurs during

  10. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Is Testing Accurate?

    Although this blood test is highly reliable, no test is 100% accurate. This test cannot predict when-or whether-you will develop symptoms or how severe they will be. ...

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