One of the most harmful conditions is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) that is a disorder of the lungs and takes away the ability of a person to breathe.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the fourth leading cause of death. 120,000 Americans die each year from the condition of COPD. That is equivalent to one death every four minutes. It is a formidable condition.
Our reference article reports 12 million people are aware they have COPD but an estimated additional 12 million have no idea they have it. The reason is that COPD in milder forms is not that bothersome; it often isn’t that noticeable.
Our air sacs and tubes are typically elastic and allow air to come in. However when you have COPD the sacs and tubes harden making it hard for people to get air. As with many health conditions smokers are at risk because of he impact smoke has on the bronchial passages.
A person possibly will become aware of it usually when they have trouble catching their breath after they have not done anything that is particularly challenging.
Some of the things to look for when trying to determine whether or not you may or may not have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder are constant coughing, shortness of breath at odd times, wheezing, chest tightness and feeling as though you cannot take a deep breath.
A lot of times COPD will be in evidence of people who were smokers and then stopped.
Is there a cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder?
No, there is no cure but there are things you can do to retard the disease’s damage to your lungs.
Certainly if you are a smoker, stop smoking. I have recently written several articles that talk about how many diseases smoking plays a morbid role in. None are more affected than those involving the lungs.
It is important to exercise and keep the lungs inflating. I personally think there is value to using a breathing machine at night with the water aiding with the air going into the lungs.
I have mild COPD and I have found that swimming is valuable. I can swim slow and move my head side to side taking in deep breaths as I go.
Chronic obstructive lung disorder is as I have already said a nasty condition. As it progresses it becomes almost impossible to breathe and that is a death we all would prefer to avoid.
The best thing to do is never smoke. That is your best guarantee to avoid COPD.
“Breathing Problems? Learn to Recognize the Symptoms of COPD,” Article, NIH News in Health, November 2009