Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease

Pulmonary means “ pertaining to the lungs”.  COPD “ Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” What is this? Well it is a lung disease usually caused by many years of damaging the lungs by smoking and makes it very difficult to breath. Other factors can put someone at risk such as breathing dangerous chemical fumes, air pollution over a long period of time, and if you suffered many lung infections as a child.

Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease is usually a combination of two diseases, Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema. With chronic bronchitis the bronchial tubes make mucus which can block airways making it almost it very difficult to breath.  With Emphysema they is hardly any air coming back out of the lungs when you breath exhale. Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary will often get worse over time and although the damage to the lungs is irreversible you can do something to prevent anymore damage from being done.   COPD is more common in people over 60 because it takes many years to damage the lungs.

 

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