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Preventing and Treating COPD

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Friday, 09 Jan 2015 04:43 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is comprised of two main conditions: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both disrupt the breathing process and make victims feel that something is obstructing their breathing.
 
The best way to prevent COPD is not to smoke. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor.
 
Although COPD is not curable, prompt treatment and careful monitoring can slow its progression and lessen the possibility of heart damage.
 
If you have COPD and you smoke, the most important thing you can do is quit now. It’s never too late. Quitting will help prevent your lung damage from getting worse. There are a variety of medications and other aids that can help you quit.
 
But if you are suffering symptoms of COPD, quitting smoking is not enough. You also need to make sure to follow up with a pulmonary specialist so the disease can be properly diagnosed and treated.
 
Treatments include:
 
• Inhalers (bronchodilators) to help open airways
 
• Inhaled or oral steroids to reduce lung inflammation
 
• Anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling in the airways
 
• In severe cases or during flare-ups, you may need to receive: steroids by mouth or through a vein (intravenously); bronchodilators through a nebulizer; assistance during breathing from a machine (a mask, BiPAP, or endotracheal tube)
 
Patients can also benefit from simple oxygen therapy. Heart damage occurs when your cardiac muscle needs to strain to receive oxygen, so the use of oxygen is very important.
 
Just like heart disease, COPD represents a grave threat to health. But this disease, which causes death and disability, is not brought on by outside forces, such as viruses, but by our own choices.
 
But there is a bright side. Taking the first steps toward a heart-healthy lifestyle, and changing the way you eat, becoming active, and banishing bad habits can prevent these dangerous conditions.
 

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is comprised of two main conditions: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both disrupt the breathing process and make victims feel that something is obstructing their breathing.
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