New study offers insights on genetic indicators of COPD risk

Researchers have discovered that genetic variations in the anatomy of the lungs could serve as indicators to help identify people who have low, but stable, lung function early in life, and those who are particularly at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) because of a smoke-induced decline in lung function. The results of the study, which was funded by the National …

What You Need to Know About COPD and Sleep Apnea

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an umbrella term for a number of progressive lung diseases, is a serious condition that affects 30 million Americans. Characterized by symptoms like breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and tightness in the chest, COPD is commonly caused by smoking and environmental factors.It’s the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Living with COPD is difficult enough on …

Different COPD Stages: How Do You Know It’s Near the End

COPD Stage 1 (Mild) is where you want to catch the disease to be diagnosed. However, due to the lack of symptoms it often goes undiagnosed until a later stage. The main reason COPD Stage 1 symptoms go unnoticed is because according to GOLD guidelines, stage 1 COPD patients still have an FEV1 of 80% or higher. A lot of times, patients can …

Flying With COPD: What You Need to Know

Air Travel With COPD Is the thought of air travel too daunting to contemplate, or are you a frequent flyer? Many other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) sufferers tell me it’s too hard. With my experiences I have come to the conclusion that while flying with COPD can be difficult, it is possible. Starting Point If you plan to travel by …