Saturday, November 18, 2017

How Does COPD Affect your Body

COPD is a progressive lung disease, which means it gets worse over time.

Having COPD makes it hard to breathe because less air flows in and out of the airways in your lungs. This happens when:
Airways become thick and inflamed.

Airways and air sacs lose their elastic quality.

Lung tissue is destroyed.

Too much mucus is made and blocks (obstructs) airways.

When you're getting less air, less oxygen gets into body tissues and it gets harder to get rid of the waste gas carbon dioxide. This results in shortness of breath during everyday activities. People with COPD can experience fatigue, chronic cough and frequent respiratory infections as well. People with COPD are also at risk for other health problems including heart attacks, strokes, and lung cancer.
Because it's hard to breathe, staying active with COPD can be difficult—especially as the disease progresses. Having COPD can limit things such as:
Ability to work

Normal physical exertion

Household chores

Social activities


Family activities

COPD doesn't just have a physical impact—living with chronic disease also can affect mental health. If you have COPD, it's not uncommon to feel fear, anxiety, depression or stress. Getting emotional support is just as important as protecting your lungs and staying active.

What Is COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe.

Key Points
COPD is chronic. In other words, you live with it every day.

It can cause serious long-term disability and early death.

There is no cure for COPD, but it is often preventable and treatable.

COPD is sometimes referred to as chronic bronchitis or emphysema.

With COPD, the airways in your lungs become inflamed and thicken, and the tissue where oxygen is exchanged is destroyed. The flow of air in and out of your lungs decreases. When that happens, less oxygen gets into your body tissues, and it becomes harder to get rid of the waste gas carbon dioxide. As the disease gets worse, shortness of breath makes it harder to remain active.
Sometimes referred to as either chronic bronchitis or emphysema, most people will have symptoms of both conditions, so health professionals prefer to call the disease COPD. However, some doctors think that chronic bronchitis may be present even though a person does not have the airway obstruction characteristic of COPD. Your doctor can explain your condition and the best way to treat it.
It is important to remember that in many cases, COPD can be prevented and can be treated.

COPD- know more about it

COPD facts for you

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic disease that is often preventable and treatable. If you or a loved one has COPD, there are steps to take to cope with the lifestyle changes this disease brings. Learning about COPD and its treatment can help you feel more in control.
What Is COPD?

COPD is a chronic lung disease that gets worse over time. It's sometimes called emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Learn more more about the basics of COPD »

How COPD Affects Your Body

COPD damages the airways in your lungs and leads to shortness of breath, impacting your work, exercise, sleep and other everyday activities. Find out how COPD affects you »

How Serious Is COPD?

More than 11 million people in the U.S. suffer from COPD. It causes serious long-term disability and early death. There's no cure, but COPD can be prevented and treated. See the impact of COPD »


How Serious Is COPD
COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 11 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, but millions more may have the disease without even knowing it. COPD causes serious long-term disability and early death. At this time there is no cure, and the number of people dying from COPD is growing.
COPD in Women
Deaths resulting from COPD in women are higher than in men. There are a few reasons why this happens.
In the late 1960s, the tobacco industry intensely targeted women. This resulted in a huge increase in women smoking. We are still seeing new cases of smoking related diseases, including COPD, as women age.

Women are more vulnerable than men to lung damage from cigarette smoke and other pollutants. Their lungs are smaller and estrogen plays a role in worsening lung disease.

Women are often misdiagnosed. Because COPD has long been thought of as a man’s disease, many doctors still do not expect to see it in women and miss the proper diagnosis.

Missing the Warning Signs
COPD is often not found until the disease is very advanced because people do not know the early warning signs. Sometimes people think they are short of breath or less able to take part in their normal activities because they are "just getting older."
It Can Be Treated
There's no cure for COPD, but the good news is that it can be found early. Much can be done to treat and help manage the disease. Through medications, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation and social support, many people are able to live with their disease for many years.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Facts : Cystic Fibrosis - 65 Roses

By Dr Deepu
The “65 Roses” story dates back to 1965 when an observant 4-year-old, hearing the name of his disease for the first time, pronounced cystic fibrosis as “65 Roses.” Today, “65 Roses” is a term often used by young children with cystic fibrosis to pronounce the name of their disease.