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

      Lung function means how well your lungs work. When you have COPD,your lungs can't move as much air in and out as they should. And the more serious your COPD is,the less air your lungs are able to move. Spirometry tests are used to measure lung function. They measure how much air you breathe out when you take long,deep breaths and push the air out of your lungs. For people with COPD,the ...

    2. 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 .

    3. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - 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 ...

    4. Methylxanthines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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

    5. 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 ..

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

    7. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - 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

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

      Spirometry is the best test to assess lung function. It often is used to evaluate a person who has a chronic cough and sputum ( mucus ) production and a history of risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),even if shortness of breath is not present. It is also used to determine whether a specific therapy has improved lung function or whether your lung disease is getting ...

    9. 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 ...

    10. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

      WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a disease passed down from your parents that can make it hard to breathe.

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