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 ...
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 ...
Anticholinergics for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Drug details for Anticholinergics for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
COPD and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency - Topic Overview
Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) is a protein normally found in the lungs and the bloodstream. It helps protect the lungs from the damage caused by inflammation that can lead to emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People whose bodies do not produce enough of this protein (AAT deficiency) are more likely to develop emphysema and to do so at a younger-than-normal age (30 to 40 ...
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 ...
Beta2-Agonists for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Drug details for Beta2-agonists for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Bullectomy for COPD - 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 ...
COPD: Clearing Your Lungs
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a long-term illness that makes it hard to breathe, but learning to clear your lungs may help you save energy and oxygen, and help prevent lung infections.
COPD: Learning to Breathe Easier
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD gets worse over time, but you can take steps to breathe easier and feel better.
Corticosteroids for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Drug details for Corticosteroids for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).