COPD progress from mild to moderate to severe. Severe COPD can not be cured, but treatment can be used at any stage. It is important to always talk to your doctor to help manage your COPD.
How do you know if you have COPD?
Some common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Constant coughing
- Incapable of taking a deep breath
- Wheezing and tightness in the chest when breathing
Smoking is the primary risk factor for COPD. Approximately 85 to 90 percent of COPD deaths are caused by smoking.  It is not too late to quite smoking. To quite smoking may give you that extra edge on fighting against COPD.
Other factors can include exposure to indoor or outdoor pollutants such as toxic chemicals.
It may also be caused by a rare genetic condition call Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency. Click here to view more information about alpha-1.
What is COPD?
COPD is chronic (a slowly progressive disorder). It may be include chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.
Narrowed airways that limit airflow in and out of the lungs. This can be linked to a consistent cough known as “smoker’s cough”. The damaged airways get tight, swollen, or filled with mucus and limit the airflow which in turn makes it harder to breathe.
Damaged air sacs that trap air inside your lungs. These air sacs hold in old air preventing new air to get into your lungs, resulting in a hard time breathing.
Long-term oxygen therapy is the only treatment known to improve the survival in patients with severe respiratory failure due to COPD.
Patients with acute exacerbations of COPD have a risk for developing respiratory failure. Respiratory failure occurs when respiratory demand exceeds the ability of the respiratory system to respond. Without aggressive intervention at the point of respiratory failure, the patient can die. Aggressive therapy at this point, along with all the above therapies, may include mechanical ventilation.
Ventilators may be used for people with serious breathing conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Aggio Medical Inc. can supply you with a ventilator to help you improve COPD. To read more about what a ventilator machine can do please visit our website: http://aggiomedical.com/respiratory-equipment, Then ask you doctor if a ventilator would be beneficial for you.
 American Lung Association. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) fact sheet. http://www.lungusa.org/lung-disease/copd/resources/facts-figures/COPD-Fact-Sheet.html. Accessed August 30, 2010
 COPD Acute Exacerbations: http://www.pulmonologychannel.com/copd/acuteexacerbation.shtml. Accessed August 30, 2010.