What is copd

What is COPD?.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic disease that makes it hard for the patient to breathe.
It is a progressive disease - meaning, it gets worse with time. A patient with COPD coughs a lot; the coughing brings up a large amount of mucus (some patients might not cough a lot, see paragraph about this further down).
The patient will most likely wheeze, be short of breath, experience tightness of the chest, as well as other symptoms.
The majority of people who suffer fromCOPDare either current regular smokers or people who used to smoke regularly.
Air pollution, chemical fumes, and/or dust may also contribute to the development of COPD. However, smoking is by far the largest factor.

Understanding COPD and Emphysema.
To understandCOPDit is necessary to know how the lungs work. When you breathe in, the air goes down your windpipe into tubes in your lungs - these tubes are called bronchial tubes or airways. The airways look a bit like a bunch of grapes. The round part is called alveoli.

The airways and alveoli are flexible (elastic). When you breathe in they fill up with air like a balloon, when you breath out they deflate.
The airways and alveoli of a person withCOPDdo not get as much air as those of a person who does not have COPD.
This could be due to one or more of the following reasons (In the USA and many other countries COPD includes emphysema and chronic obstructive bronchitis):
      The airways and alveoli become less elastic
      The walls between many of the alveoli are destroyed
      The walls of the airways swell up (they become inflamed)
      The airways become clogged up with excess mucus.
The walls between many alveoli are damaged when a patient has emphysema. This causes them to lose their shape and become floppy. As the walls become totally destroyed, the patient ends up with a few large alveoli instead of many small ones.
In chronic obstructive bronchitis, the patient's airway lining is permanently irritated and inflamed.
The lining consequently thickens. Thick mucus builds up in the airways, making it harder for the patient to breathe.
The majority ofCOPDpatients suffer from both chronic obstructive bronchitis and emphysema. In such cases the term COPD is more accurate.

How common is COPD?
COPD is the fourth major cause of death in the USA. Over 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD. Health experts believe there could be another 12 million Americans who suffer fromCOPDbut have not been diagnosed.
Contrary to belief the disease is treatable.

Remember the earlier you catch the disease the better but every one can improve their condition considerably. Most treatments only treat the symptoms but there is one that has been around for over 50 years that will treat the cause. See our home page.
Our E-book contains all the proof and information as well as a full generic treatment program.

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