Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and chronic obstructive airways disease. This disease blocks the airflow and makes it difficult to breathe. COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.
HOW IS COPD DIAGNOSED?
Pulmonologists may evaluate your medical history and evaluate your symptoms. Other diagnostic tests are lung function test, chest X-ray, arterial blood tests, oximetry, ECG or EKG and the carbon monoxide transfer factor. A CT scan may be done for getting a clear picture of the lungs.
HOW IS COPD TREATED?
Treatment for COPD includes reducing and completely stopping your smoking. This is followed with detoxifying diets and medicines to flush out toxins. Doctors may also give medicines to clear the lungs and clean your system, along with health eating and lifestyle changes.
DID YOU KNOW?
If not detected on time, this could pose a risk of lung cancer in the future and also leads to various other cardiac issues.