8 lifestyle changes to make living with COPD better

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a number of lung diseases that can lead to disability and even death.  This condition includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, severe asthma, or a combination of these conditions.  Overtime, they can cause inflammation, destruction, or abnormal repair of airways and lung tissue, which reduces airflow and ultimately makes it harder to take in enough …

COPD isn’t reversible, but treatment can help lung function

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, affects an estimated 30 million people every year in the United States. More than 80 percent of the time the cause is cigarette smoking. COPD is actually an umbrella term used to describe multiple progressive lung diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (nonreversible) asthma and some forms of bronchiectasis, almost all of which are …

How Fast Do Lungs Recover After Quitting Smoking?

The biggest impact smoking has on lungs is the damage done to the cilia. Cilia are tiny, hair-like protrusions in your lungs and respiratory tract that move back and forth as you breathe, to keep out foreign material or contagion. The images, taken by a scanning electron microscope, show cilia in healthy lungs. When you smoke, the cilia are destroyed, …

COPD:Chronic Airflow Limitation

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to long-term lung problems that result in blocked air flow in the lungs. The two main COPD disorders are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema occurs when the walls between the lung’s air sacs become weakened and collapse. Damage from COPD is usually permanent and irreversible. According to Mayoclinic, signs and symptoms of COPD can vary, depending on which …