Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is when a person has chronic bronchitis or emphysema. They have shortness of breath, and often need medications and supplemental oxygen.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Is there increase in RBC count in COPD and why?

Yes there is an increase in hematocrit and this is due to anoxia

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What conditions can lead to COPD?

The biggest risk factor for COPD is cigarette smoking, followed by long-term, full-time work in a smoky/polluted environment. Asthma can also lead to COPD, as well as chronic bronchitis. There are a number of other conditions, as well.

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Does smoking marijuana cause COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What is old granulomatous disease?

The term, "old granulomatous disease" is based on x-ray findings that show scarring, characteristic of past infection with any of a number of fungi or tuberculosis. The implication is that whatever infection caused this scarring, is currently inactive and that no treatment or further testing is required. Hope This Helps.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Can a COPD patient take aspirin?

Yes, in fact it should be recommended as COPD patients are at risk for thrombotic events and aspirin can help prevent this.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What does the medical abbreviation COPD mean?

It's a garbage-pail lung disease term meaning "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease".
(COPD)-Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Most COPD patients have both. • In Chronic Bronchitis, airflow may be limited by narrowed airways that get tight, swollen, and filled with mucus. These changes limit airflow into and out of the lungs. • In Emphysema, the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs are damaged. Like old balloons, they get overstretched. They break down. Old air gets trapped in the air sacs. So there's no room for new air to get in.
Its Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease also known as Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Which disease is a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Which diseases are characterized as COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease consists of emphysema and bronchitis that occurs simultaneously.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Compare and contrast the signs and symptoms of emphysema and chronic bronchitis?

Chronic Bronchitis is characterized by excessive mucus production amd its pooling in lower respiratory passage ways, which severely impairs ventilation and gas exchange. Patients may become cyanotic as a result of chronic hypoxia. They are called "blue bloaters" because hypoxia and carbon dioxide retention occur early in disease.

Emphysema is characterized by permanent enlargement and destruction of alveoli. The lungs lose their elasticity and expiration become an active process called "pink puffers." Symptoms don't show up til later in the disease.

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What are the symptoms of COPD?

Symptoms of COPD may include a strong and persistent cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing in and chest tightness. As with all medical issues, your medical doctor is in the best position to assess your health condition.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What is the best treatment for copd?

Answer 1 is a must in this disease state. COPD is best looked at from a standpoint of finding out what stage the patient is in. For example, is the patient at the Mild, Moderate, or Severe stage of COPD? The best studied therapy is to add an anticholenergic (Spiriva) in the Moderate stage. Next added to the Spiriva would be a combination of a beta2 agonist combined with a steroid (Advair). Spiriva and Advair are considered the "one two punch" in this disease state. The severe stage would include both plus the possible addition of oxygen. Many patients will continue to smoke, but the absolute cessation of smoking will help greatly. More and more cases are poping up of patients who have never smoked, but are now diagnosed with COPD. Good luck. COPD is treatable, but does not go away. It is a progressive disease that can be managed if treatment guidelines are addressed aggressively. stop moking

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What is COPD?

Chronic airway limitation (CAL), also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD), is a group of diseases characterized by limitation of airflow in the airway that is not fully reversible. CAL is the umbrella term for chronic bronchitis, emphysema and a range of other disorders. It is most often due to tobacco smoking but can be due to other airborne irritants such as coal dust, asbestos or solvents, as well as preserved meats containing nitrites.1


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What is a blunting of the distal phalanges seen in advanced chronic pulmonary disease?

Blunting of the distal phalanges is a diagnostic term referring to the "clubbing" of the fingertips as was documented by Hippocrates in conjunction with the occurrence of advanced pulmonary disease. Hence, it is also referred to as "Hippocratic fingers." It is a deformity of the fingers evident in several diseases, but perhaps most notable in the later stages of lung and heart dysfunction. Other names for this phenomena include "drumstick fingers" and "watch-glass nails." Perhaps a more practical phrasing of the question would refer to blunting of the fingertips in heart and lung conditions as opposed to an ass-raping of medical terms that an average yet intelligent person would not bother slogging through to find such an unexciting answer. "What do clubbed fingers indicate in advanced pulmonary disease?" would perhaps be a more streamlined and less pedantic phrasing of the question...unless the sole purpose was to intimidate those with a life-threatening chronic illness. Congratulations...maybe another useless specialist understood that question but the information rendered was completely ineffectual for the non-medical community.

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Does radon gas cause copd?

Radon is a cause of lung cancers.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What does copd stand for?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that makes it harder and harder for you to breathe. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. The leading cause is cigarette smoke.

It is estimated that 24 million people in the U.S. have evidence of impaired lung function, and nearly 13 million have been diagnosed with COPD. This makes COPD an under-diagnosed and under-treated disease. COPD is the 4th leading cause of death, and the 2nd leading cause of disability.

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Is a venturi mask good for copd patients?


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Is chronic bronchitis the same as bronchitis?

No. The symptoms of both are the same, but Chronic Bronchitis doesn't go away. C Bronchitis is usually caused by smoking, but not always.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What part of the body does chronic bronchitis effect?

the lungs

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What is the cost of a lung transplant?

There are too many variables to be able to get an exact number, such as if one or both lungs are being transplanted, if there are any complications, how long the patient is in the hospital, etc. A rough estimate would be between $150,000 and $300,000 for everything involved (hospitalization, obtaining a new lung, surgical costs, physician fees, medications, and so on). Hope this helps! Dr. B.

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What is the life expectancy of someone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

About 10 years if their lung capacity was down to only 2/3 at time of diagnosis.

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Can you get disability paid for COPD?

Defining Social Security Disability Benefits:

The SSA has a very rigid definition of who is disabled. To receive SSI or SSDI benefits a person must provide evidence that they are permanently disabled and this condition will last at least one year, or result in their death. No benefits are awarded for a partial or short-term disability. Documenting a COPD Disability:

The most important thing for a COPD patient to do is to see a doctor on a regular basis. While at the doctor's office, this is your opportunity to help build your COPD disability case. Remember to win benefits you'll need to provide documentation of your disability. The notes and records your doctor maintains on file are critical evidence to help support your claim I've summarized your answer on this page because it allows better formatting: I hope this answers your question but if not, feel free to let me know (preferably by replying on the forum as I've enabled automatic e-mail notices of replies) and I will try to provide additional information.

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Why does hemoglobin values rise in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

COPD is characterized by aveolar destruction. Funstional alveoli are necessary for the transport of oxygen from the atmosphere into the blood stream and eventually to the tissues. Loss of alveoli equals loss of oxygen in the tissues and incidently increase in carbon dioxide in the same since it cannot be excreted into the lungs. The end consumer of oxygen is the target tissue. The tissue merely registers that oxygen levels are low, but cannot differentiate as to whether they are low for lack of oxygen transport capacity or lack of oxygen to be transported. Hemoglobin is a molecule that binds oxygen in the bloodstream. It is responsible for the delivery of a majority of the oxygen that reaches the target tissue. Since an organism is not necessarily able to alter the external environment that it is in, i.e. the oxygen that is available to it, it attempts to increase it's ability to transport the oxygen that is available, i.e., it increases the concentration of hemoglobin in it's bloodstream. Hope that this helps. PTR

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How does COPD effect the circulatory system?

CopD can affect this system because the lungs can't take in as much oxygen so air can't go to the organs that need them. In other words, CopD can contribute to a lot of things but can't when there is not enough air. Many people have CopD and it is becoming more common. To me, CopD is becoming more common because people smoke and as much as smoking is common, that too is also becoming more common. I hope that I clearly answered this question. Thank you.

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Can Bronchitis COPD and Emphesema kill you?

Although these conditions are often accompanied by other things, the answer is YES.

Both of these can lead to progressively worse respiratory failure (inability to breathe), and can kill you. Stop smoking.


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