Top Doctors recently had the chance to quiz leading pulmonologist and respiratory medicine specialist, Dr Ahmed Sayeed, on all things chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
What is COPD?
It is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. It is a common lung disease categorised by restricted airflow and breathing problems. In people with COPD, the lungs can get damaged or clogged with phlegm.
What are the symptoms of COPD?
Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production, and wheezing.
What are the causes of COPD?
Exposure to dangerous chemicals and cigarette smoke are leading causes of the development of COPD.
How can I prevent COPD?
The most effective way of preventing COPD is quitting or never starting smoking. Other ways to prevent COPD include avoiding second-hand smoke, avoiding other pollutants, staying physically active, eating a healthy diet, sticking to your treatment plan, improving air quality at home, performing breathing exercises, and getting vaccinated against pneumonia, influenza, and coronavirus.
How is COPD treated?
Treatments can help control symptoms, reduce your risk of complications and exacerbations, and improve your ability to lead an active life. Treatment options include medications, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy, surgery, and lifestyle changes.
Is COPD curable?
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for COPD.
Is COPD life-threatening?
COPD is a serious and life-threatening condition if it progresses into a serious condition.
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