COPD and asthma share many of the same symptoms (primarily coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath), which occur because normal airflow into and out of the lungs is obstructed. This can make it difficult to distinguish between the two conditions. However, it is important to make an accurate diagnosis because
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Until recently, the term “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” (COPD) was used to describe two conditions—emphysema and chronic bronchitis—that make it difficult to breathe in and out. In 2017, the Global Initiative on Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) updated its census report on the diagnosis, prevention, and management of COPD to reflect
One of the missions of GOLD COPD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) involves the stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Before diagnosis, a doctor may suspect COPD in anyone with a history of smoking or exposure to environmental irritants. Characteristic lung problem symptoms that accompany COPD include chronic
COPD and asthma share many of the same symptoms (primarily coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath), which occur because normal airflow into and out of the lungs is obstructed. This can make it difficult to distinguish between the two conditions, especially in middle- and older-aged adults with a history of
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) used to describe two conditions—emphysema and chronic bronchitis—that make it difficult to breathe in and out. Today, COPD is simply described as a disease characterized by chronic airflow limitation caused by small airway disease and/or destruction of the lung tissues involved in exchanging oxygen for
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.
Our lungs do more than just breathe for us. Sure, that’s their most obvious role and one that’s crucial to life. But lungs not only supply oxygen to the body, they also remove wastes and toxins, and they defend against harmful intruders. We take these functions for granted until something
Most of us find ourselves short of breath at one time or another. But for folks living with chronic lung disease, labored breathing is more serious than an occasional gasp for air. Chronic lung disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more than 120,000 lives