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How to Deal with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease characterized by chronically poor airflow that makes breathing difficult. This progressive disease is also known as chronic obstructive airway disease and chronic obstructive lung disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Men are more likely …

How COPD Can Harm Your Heart

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you’re at an increased risk for developing other health problems, such as osteoporosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) , diabetes, and heart disease. But there are certain times when COPD patients are more vulnerable to heart attack or strokes than other people: in the days and weeks after an exacerbation, a serious flare-up …

Allergies Mistaken for COPD

Respiratory disease impairs the ability of your lungs to derive the necessary amount of oxygen from the air you breathe. Allergies, asthma, chronic bronchitis and COPD — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — have different origins, but all of them limit your lung function either temporarily or permanently. If you’ve received a diagnosis of one type of pulmonary disorder and feel …

6 Signs Your COPD is Getting Worse

Dizziness Morning headaches and morning dizziness can be caused by several health conditions, but it often signals a lack of oxygen and a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood that is caused by not getting enough air at night. Sleeping upright Shortness of breath can make sleeping and moving around more difficult. If you find yourself stacking pillows higher …

4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD — and How to Cope

  It’s a sad fact that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as COPD, have trouble doing what connects us to life – they can’t easily breathe. The disease can affect their airways, air sacs or both. Remarkably, it’s the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Lung Association – affecting more than …

COPD, asthma now can be studied outside the body

Aresearch team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University leveraged its organ-on-a-chip technology to develop a model of the human small airway in which lung inflammatory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the third leading cause of mortality worldwide, can be studied outside the human body. As reported online Monday in Nature …

9 COPD Warning Signs You Could Be Ignoring

1 / 11 According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12 million Americans are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that causes breathing difficulties and can turn fatal. Another 12 million people may have COPD but don’t even know it. Why are Americans so underdiagnosed? One reason is that many mistakenly think …

Lifestyle Changes to Help Manage COPD

Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life. Here are some lifestyle changes you can take to help you manage the disease: Your Top Priority: Stop Smoking Smoking is the number one cause of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Together these diseases comprise COPD. If you haven’t already quit, it’s very important to …

COPD Triggers and How to Avoid Them

Common COPD Triggers Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a condition that limits the flow of air into and out of the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. Certain actions or substances—called triggers—can cause COPD symptoms to suddenly worsen or flare-up. To manage COPD, it’s important avoid or limit exposure to known triggers. COPD Trigger: Weather Temperature and …