COPD: Avoiding Weight Loss
Key pointsSome people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-especially those with emphysema-may be underweight and malnourished. People with COPD often lose weight. When you lose weight, you lose muscle mass, including the muscles that help you breathe. This may make breathing more difficult. About 1 in 4 people with COPD weighs too little for good health, and those who are ...
COPD and Sexual Activity - 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 ...
Corticosteroids for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Drug details for Corticosteroids for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include those you can control, such as smoking, and others that you cannot control, such as inherited factors (genes).Risk factors you can controlTobacco smoking is the most important risk factor for COPD. In comparison, other risk factors are minor.At least 10% to 15% of all cigarette smokers develop COPD with symptoms; some studies ..
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - 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 ...
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - 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 ...
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD):What is COPD?What causes COPD?Can I prevent COPD?What are the symptoms of COPD?What happens in COPD?What increases my risk for COPD?What is a COPD exacerbation?Who is affected with COPD?Being diagnosed:Who can diagnose COPD?How is COPD diagnosed?Getting treatment: How is COPD treated?What medications will I need to take?Will I need ...
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Topic Overview
What is COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of long - term (chronic) lung diseases that makes it hard to breathe. In COPD, airflow through the airways leading to and within the lungs (bronchial tubes) is partially blocked, resulting in difficulty breathing. As the disease gets worse, breathing becomes more difficult, and it may become hard
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Treatment Overview
Although chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cannot be cured, it can be managed. Treatment for COPD focuses on:Slowing the progression of the disease by avoiding tobacco smoke and other environmental factors, such as air pollution.Reducing and controlling symptoms, such as shortness of breath.Increasing your activity level.Improving your overall health.Preventing and treating a COPD ...
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - 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 .