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

      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) weakens the structure of the lung and may also damage the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lung. When these air sacs break down,larger airspaces known as bullae are formed. Bullae sometimes can become so large that they interfere with breathing and may cause complications: They can burst,leading to a collapsed lung ( pneumothorax ). A collapsed lung ...

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

      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) slowly damages the lungs and affects how you breathe. COPD's effect on breathing In COPD,the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes) become inflamed and narrowed. They tend to collapse when you breathe out and can become clogged with mucus. This reduces airflow through the bronchial tubes,a condition called airway obstruction,making it difficult ...

    3. 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 ...

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

      What does it mean to conserve energy?Cooking dinner, putting away laundry, or even just walking across your living room can be exhausting when you have COPD, heart failure, or another long-term (chronic) condition. You may feel at times as though you've lost your ability to live your life.Conserving, or saving, your energy means finding ways of doing daily activities with as little effort as possible. With some planning and tips, you can get tasks done more easily and enjoy your daily routine.How can you conserve energy in daily activities?Plan activitiesMake a list of what you have to do every day. Group the tasks by location, so you do all the chores you have in one part of your house around the same time.Go out for errands or do chores at the time of day when you have the most energy.Leave plenty of time to do tasks or get to events. That way you aren't rushed and breathless to get somewhere. Include rest periods in your day.Ask for help from family or friends for chores that are

    5. 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 ...

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

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. COPD: Learning to Breathe Easier

    7. 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 ...

    8. 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.

    9. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Starts in the Liver

      Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (alpha-1) can hurt the liver, especially in small children. Learn about the symptoms, treatments, who's at risk, and how to prevent it.

    10. Emphysema: Stages and Prognosis

      WebMD explains two staging systems that determine the severity of emphysema in a person, along with prognosis and possible life expectancy.

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