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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - Is Testing Accurate?

    Although this blood test is highly reliable, no test is 100% accurate. This test cannot predict when-or whether-you will develop symptoms or how severe they will be. ...

  4. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Exams and Tests

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can usually be diagnosed using a medical history and lung function tests, such as spirometry. Your doctor will also conduct a physical examination and may suggest a chest X - ray to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms, such as asthma. Some tests are done to rule out other diseases or conditions that may make COPD worse and its treatment more

  5. Methylxanthines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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

  6. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Other Treatment

    Other treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes:Pulmonary rehabilitation, which employs a team of health professionals that monitors and treats the medical, physical, and emotional aspects of COPD. It generally combines exercise, breathing therapy, emotional support, nutritional guidance, and education. Pulmonary rehabilitation is required for those undergoing lung ...

  7. 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.

  8. Respiratory Problems, Age 12 and Older - Topic Overview

    Most adults and older children have several respiratory infections each year. Respiratory problems can be as minor as the common cold or as serious as pneumonia.

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ..

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