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COPD Health Center

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  1. COPD: Learning to Breathe Easier

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD gets worse over time, but you can take steps to breathe easier and feel better.

  2. COPD and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency - Other Treatment

    Other treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes:Pulmonary rehabilitation, which employs a team of health professionals that monitors and treats the medical, physical, and emotional aspects of COPD. It generally combines exercise, breathing therapy, emotional support, nutritional guidance, and education. Pulmonary rehabilitation is required for those undergoing lung ...

  3. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - What Is Genetic Counseling?

    Information from genetic testing can have a big impact on your life. Ask to have genetic counseling before making a decision about testing. Genetic counselors are trained to explain the test and its results, but you make the decision about whether to have the test. A genetic counselor can help you make well - informed decisions. Genetic counseling can help you and your family:Understand medical ..

  4. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Surgery

    Lung surgery is rarely used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Surgery is never the first treatment option and is only considered for people who have severe COPD that has not improved with other treatment.Surgery ChoicesLung volume reduction surgery removes a portion of one or both lungs, making room for the remaining lung tissue to work more efficiently. It is used only in ...

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

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) does not necessarily reduce your desire for or your ability to have sex. Many people avoid having sex,however,because they are afraid of becoming short of breath. This can greatly add to feelings of guilt or low self-esteem as well as add to your stress level as you try to deal with a chronic disease. Decreased interest in sex is often attributed ...

  6. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - Prevention

    The best way to prevent the development and worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is to not smoke. Other airway irritants (such as air pollution, chemical fumes, and dust) also can make COPD worse, but they are far less important than smoking in causing the disease. Stopping smoking is especially important if you have low levels of the protein alpha1 - antitrypsin. People who .

  7. Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    Pulmonary rehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) combines a number of different therapies to help reduce your symptoms, improve quality of life, and encourage your active participation in your treatment. It will not reverse the damage to your lungs already caused by COPD. Instead, it will help you improve your ability to carry out daily tasks, such as dressing, grocery ...

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

    When you have COPD, especially if you have chronic bronchitis, you may sometimes have sudden attacks where your breathing and coughing symptoms suddenly get worse and stay that way. These attacks are called COPD exacerbations, or flare-ups. With treatment, many people recover and return to the same level of shortness of breath they had before the attack. These attacks are often life-threatening. If your symptoms suddenly get worse, and if taking your medicine doesn't help, have someone take you to the emergency room. Call if needed.COPD attacks often occur more frequently, last longer, and are more severe the longer you have COPD.CauseThe two most common causes of a COPD attack are:1A lung infection, such as acute bronchitis or pneumonia. Infections are the most common cause of COPD attacks. Infections usually are caused by viruses but can also be caused by bacteria.Air pollution.Other causes may include heart failure, allergic reactions, inhaling food or stomach contents into the

  9. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - What Is AAT Deficiency Testing?

    A blood test can measure the amount of alpha1 - antitrypsin in your blood. You may have AAT deficiency if your levels are low or if the blood test is not able to find any AAT in your blood. If your AAT level is lower than normal, the blood sample can be tested to look for the type of alpha1 - antitrypsin. People who carry the changed gene may be more at risk for symptoms if they have a certain typ

  10. Corticosteroids for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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

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