Avoid smoking to prevent COPD
1/22/2017 3:56 PM
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. When a person smokes for a number of years, the lungs can become damaged, and COPD can develop. In very rare cases, people with a genetic disorder called Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency develop COPD, but it is normally caused by smoking.
COPD presents as chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Most patients have a combination of both, but one will usually be more prominent than the other.
When COPD presents at chronic bronchitis, symptoms will include frequent coughing, bringing up phlegm and shortness of breath. The difficulty to breath can be so severe that walking a few steps will cause the patient to become short of breath. With emphysema emphysema, the patient will experience shortness of breath without as much coughing.
The most important way to maintain healthy lungs is not to smoke. You should also avoid polluted areas and get into a regular exercise routine.
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About the Author
Dr. Nayer El-Ashram joined Live Oak Health Partners in 2016 and specializes in intensive care and chest diseases including COPD, asthma, lung cancer, interstitial lung disease, sleep disorders and respiratory failure.