Inhaled Relief: How COPD Devices Work
Although there is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, inhaled medications can reduce COPD symptoms. Get the facts about inhalers and nebulizers.
GOLD Criteria for COPD
WebMD explains the GOLD criteria for classifying stages of COPD including what is involved in each stage.
Differences Between COPD and Asthma - Topic Overview
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma both affect the lungs and often have similar symptoms,such as shortness of breath. However,what causes these conditions,how they affect the lungs,and whom they affect differ. Differences between COPD and asthma COPD Asthma Who? Smokers Mostly older adults Smokers and nonsmokers Any age group How? Nonallergic response to cigarette smoke ...
Ventilation Options for COPD - 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. ...
COPD Flare-Ups - 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
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - What Is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?
Alpha1 - antitrypsin (AAT) is a protein normally found in the lungs and the bloodstream. It helps protect the lungs from diseases such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People who do not make enough of this protein-this is called AAT deficiency-are more likely to have these lung diseases and will get them at a younger - than - normal age (30 to 40 years old). AAT defic
Lung Transplant for COPD - Topic Overview
Although uncommon,lung transplants are sometimes used in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). During a lung transplant,you are given a lung from a donor who has recently died. A single-lung transplant (receiving one lung) is done more often than a double-lung transplant (receiving two lungs). Improvement in the ability to exercise is nearly as good in people who have a single-lung ...
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - Should I Be Tested?
The decision to have the test is personal. You may have emotional, financial, and family reasons for taking or not taking the test.You may choose to have the test because:You have unexplained lung problems and want to know whether you have this condition.Other people in your family have AAT deficiency.Other people in your family have unexplained lung disease or liver disease.You want to take ...
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 ...
History and Physical Exam for COPD
Your medical history provides important clues that can help your health professional diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In taking your medical history, your health professional will ask questions about:Shortness of breath. When were you first short of breath (at exercise or at rest)? How often are you short of breath?How long have you been short of breath? Is it getting ...