Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
September 16, 2014
Professor Joe Gravely
COPD an acronym that we hear a lot. But what is it? What causes it? Is there a cure?
By medical definition COPD stands for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make breathing difficult. (Walsh) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is known to cause chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both are It is commonly caused from smoking cigarettes. Both can severely damage It can cause a person life threatening problems; heart failure, wheezing, coughing, are just a few. COPD can destroy the airway by becoming inflamed and swollen. In addition a person can experience episodes of coughing up mucus, which will ...view middle of the document...
Distal acinar emphysema is quite rare.
COPD is a progressive disease which will worsen over time. COPD is a major cause of disability, and it's the third leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, millions of people are diagnosed with COPD.
. The main reason for this high percent is because nearly half of women currently living with COPD don’t even know they have it. Women tend to be more vulnerable, depressed, and even have some sort of psych disorders. For men COPD effects can be seen more in their sex life.
COPD has no cure yet, and doctors don't know how to reverse the damage to the airways and lungs. However, it can be slowed down. For most people with early detection the use of meds with steroids, oxygen, staying hydrated, watching what is eaten and some surgery can reduce the risk of the illness getting worse. In either case most people will have to use oxygen for the rest of their lives.
But the most preventive way not to have the disease is to “Quitting smoking.” Get enough sleep, eat properly, and exercise regularly. For those who have been diagnose, they must learn to cope with the idea that their lives will have to change. During this time people go through various stages of stress and depression. It is a good idea to get some counseling and talk with those who have COPD. Once a person learns how to deal with the ups and downs of the disease they can live a productive and active life.
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