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COPD

WHAT IS COPD?

COPD-Chronic obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPD is a smoking induced lung disease.It also caused by long term exposure to biomass fuels, industrial exposure to heavy dust, vehicle emission, etc.

It is the 4th leading cause of death in the world. Mortality and morbidity is high with COPD.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COPD?

Chronic cough, Sputum production, Breathlessness-Progressive, initially on exertion later even at rest,chest discomfort, generalized weakness.

WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS OF COPD?

COPD is not only confined to lung.It is a systemic disease. It affects almost all parts of the body. It causes cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, Cerebro vascular accidents, Depression, Osteoporosis, Anemia, and many others.

HOW TO DIAGNOSE COPD ?

History of smoking or other risk factors, With the above symptoms, One should undergo Pulmonary function test which is gold standard for diagnosis.

WHAT IS TREATMENT FOR COPD?

  • Smoking cessation (Avoiding risk factor) is the mainstay of treatment in COPD.
  • Patient should take regular medications under the supervision of a pulmonologist.
  • There are lot of drugs available for COPD, particularly inhalers.Inhalers are more effective with less side effects.
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