Former First Lady Barbara Bush has decided not to seek any more treatment for COPD and congestive heart failure.Instead, she’s chosen comfort care and is surrounded by family.Millions of people in the United States have been diagnosed with COPD, an umbrella term that describes progressive lung diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis which can make breathing difficult. The full name is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Here’s what happens:When you inhale, air goes down the trachea, into large tubes called bronchi, then into smaller ones called bronchioles before finally ending up in alveoli, tiny air sacks that take oxygen in and gets rid of carbon dioxide. Chronic bronchitis causes inflammation of the airways and a buildup of excess mucus.Emphysema causes the alveoli to lose elasticity and causes the sacks to breakdown leading to fewer, larger sacks.COPD affects at least 16 million people in the United States and, according to the American Lung Associate, … [Read more...] about Explainer: What is COPD?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest 5 things to know about COPD, the lung disease ailing Barbara Bush Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a potentially fatal lung disease. Here's all you need to know about COPD treatment and prevention. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 3 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY Published 9:47 a.m. PT April 16, 2018 | Updated 10:03 a.m. PT April 16, 2018 CLOSE Barbara Bush, wife of President George H.W. Bush, served as first lady from 1989 to 1993. Here is a look at her life. USA TODAY CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 3 COMMENT EMAIL MORE Former first lady Barbara Bush announced she won’t … [Read more...] about 5 things to know about COPD, the lung disease ailing Barbara Bush
(NAPSI)—It can be confusing and scary when someone first finds out that he or she has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a leading cause of death in the United States—but there are ways to keep living life to the fullest.The ProblemRecently diagnosed patients and their families can be taken by surprise—they might not know what COPD is, what it means for their future or how the diagnosis will affect their ability to stay active. COPD is among the most common, underdiagnosed, debilitating, deadly and costly diseases to manage, and for those who have recently been diagnosed, it can be difficult to figure out how to manage this life change. What’s more, over 15 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute estimates that another 12 million are undiagnosed or developing COPD. COPD SignsCommon symptoms of COPD are shortness of breath, wheezing, or a chronic cough, as well as chest tightness. Unfortunately, … [Read more...] about Managing A COPD Diagnosis—Tips For Living Well
(StatePoint) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that makes it hard to breathe, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of disability.Click Here to Enlarge Infographic. While awareness about the disease is on the rise, many people with symptoms of COPD are not talking to their health care providers about them.In fact, one in 10 Americans has symptoms of COPD, which include chronic coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. And, one in four adults with symptoms has not spoken about them with a health care provider. An earlier diagnosis can often lead to an improved quality of life. To learn more, visit COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov. November is National COPD Awareness Month. If you think you or someone you love may have COPD, talk to a health care provider.***** … [Read more...] about COPD Awareness Rising: What to Know
COPD medical chart (NTV News) More than 12 million Americans suffer from an irreversible lung disease, but early detection can prolong a person's life. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, is a serious lung condition that mostly affects people 50 years of age and older, and is also seen among many farmers in Nebraska. "This can happen to anyone. It is more prominent in people with a smoking history, if you've been exposed to smoking, second-hand smoke, or even things like grain dust, asbestos, different things like that can cause permanent lung damage," explained Sara Mackey, director of Respiratory Therapy at Lexington Regional Health Center. Sometimes confused with asthma or old age, Mackey says patients may cough up mucus, have wheezing, and even experience fatigue. "Sometimes it is hard to diagnose because it might represent just as another pneumonia, or you might think of it as 'I'm just getting older and things are getting harder.' That might not be the … [Read more...] about COPD affects millions of Americans; know the symptoms and how to get help