COPD Awareness

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a term used for progressive lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. Given the proper mode of care, those diagnosed with COPD can enjoy a good-quality life & reduced risks.

SYMPTOMS
Shortness of breath & wheezing
Tightness in the chest area
Clearing your throat of excess lung mucus
Chronic cough with mucus (sputum)
Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds
Frequent respiratory infections
Lack of energy
Unintended weight loss
Swelling in ankles, feet or legs
Exacerbation of any of the above symptoms for at least several days.

COPD symptoms appear once significant lung damage has occurred, and usually worsens over time.

RISK FACTORS & CAUSES
Exposure to tobacco smoke.
People with asthma who smoke.
Occupational exposure to chemicals, dust, fumes and vapors.
Age (may begin to show by age 40).
Genetic disorders.

COMPLICATIONS
Respiratory infections
Lung cancer
High blood pressure in lung arteries
Depression

PREVENTION
Don't Smoke or Quit Smoking now.
Use respiratory protective equipment when exposed to dust & chemical fumes.
If you have symptoms, see your doctor.


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