What is COPD ?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include difficulty in breathing, cough, mucus production and wheezing. It is typically caused by long term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter. Long-term exposure to cigarette smoke can cause it to aggravate.
Some of the symptoms of COPD are:
- shortness of breath
- chest tightness
- lack of energy
- swelling on ankles
- chronic cough with mucus
The chances of getting diagnosed with heart diseases are higher for people suffering from COPD. Since COPD is a group of progressive diseases, it gets worse over time. No permanent cure has been discovered but with proper management and appropriate treatment, it is possible to achieve control over the symptoms, reduces risk and allows them to lead a healthy and quality life.