Bronchiectasis is an uncommon chronic obstructive airway disease in which bronchi become damaged and collapse easily. The walls of the bronchi contain elastic and muscle fibers, which allow the bronchial tubes to expand and contract while maintaining their structure. In people with bronchiectasis, the elastic and muscular components in the
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Even though COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated. Treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms, preventing the disease from getting worse, improving the ability to exercise, preventing and treating complications, and preventing and treating exacerbations.
For those with COPD who are current smokers, the most important first treatment will be
The main diagnostic tools for COPD are pulmonary function tests. These tests, which are also used to diagnose asthma (see page 45) and many other lung diseases, measure the ability of the lungs to hold air, to move air in and out, and to move oxygen into the blood.
Having a lung disorder like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or pneumonia can be frightening. With every breath we take, we depend on our lungs to deliver life-sustaining oxygen to our bodies—so if you struggle to breathe normally, cough, wheeze, or feel very tired, it’s important to find out
It’s a natural question for anyone who has been diagnosed with (or who knows someone dealing with) chronic pulmonary obstructive disease: “Is there a COPD cure?”
There may not be a COPD cure, but treatment with COPD medications and other approaches can relieve symptoms, prevent the disease from getting worse, and