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    1. 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 ...

    2. 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

    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 (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - 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.

    5. 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

    6. Beta2-Agonists for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

      Drug details for Beta2-agonists for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    7. 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 ..

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

      If you have COPD,your usual shortness of breath could suddenly get worse. You may start coughing more and have more mucus. This flare-up is called a COPD exacerbation or a COPD attack. A lung infection or air pollution could set off an attack. Or it may happen after a quick change in temperature or being around chemicals. You may not always know the cause. What are the warning signs? When ...

    9. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Topic Overview

      Mechanical ventilation means having a machine help you breathe. If you have COPD,you may need this treatment when your breathing problems suddenly get worse and stay worse. These breathing attacks are called COPD exacerbations or flare-ups. This treatment is usually used until you are able to breathe better. In rare cases,it is used as long-term therapy in your home or a care facility. ...

    10. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Living With COPD

      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be managed, although it cannot be cured at this time. Management includes quitting smoking if you smoke, taking steps to avoid shortness of breath, and staying active and eating well. Also, learning about COPD and support from your family and friends will help you cope with COPD.Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to prevent or

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