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COPD Signs and Symptoms at Different Stages

COPD Signs and Symptoms

A lot of people are wondering what is COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as COPD, is a condition in which breathing becomes more and more labored over time. Typically, it is caused by a combination of smoking related illnesses, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Given the progressive nature of the condition, COPD signs and symptoms worsen as the disease becomes worse. The condition is divided into stages like many progressive illnesses are, alongside emphysema, one of the biggest contributors to

Bullous Emphysema Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Bullous Emphysema

Pulmonary emphysema is a chronic and lifelong disease of the lungs. Primarily, the alveoli (small and tiny air sacs) in the lungs are affected. Sometimes, they can be narrowed by the walls between them becoming thickened. Sometimes, these walls can be entirely destroyed, leading to larger yet fewer alveoli. Sometimes, they can become too stretched, and others, they can lose their elasticity entirely. Many different types of damage to the alveoli in the lungs can contribute to pulmonary emphysema which, along with chronic bronchitis make up

Centrilobular Emphysema vs Panlobular Differences

Centrilobular Emphysema

Pulmonary emphysema is a progressive condition that is part of the disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. It primarily affects the alveoli in the lungs. These are tiny air sacs that are necessary for proper breathing. In cases of pulmonary emphysema, these sacs are damaged in various ways whether enlarged, narrowed, stretched or otherwise permanently destructed. Smoking is the single biggest and most common cause of emphysema, although there are cases of non smokers developing the condition. Most of these

What Is COPD – Types, Risk Factors and Prevention?

What Is COPD

What is COPD? Well, COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and it is characterized by a gradually worsening ability to breathe. The disease is progressive and currently there is no cure for it, which means that over time, symptoms become worse and worse, as does the difficulty level of breathing. Understanding what is COPD and how it affects breathing starts with understanding on a physiological level what the disease entails. Airways that make breathing possible are connected in the lungs to tubes called bronchioles, which are much smaller and thinner