What is COPD?

Close up on lungs.
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Every part in the body has an import role. The lungs are one of the most noticed organs. When the lungs are suffering from some sort of illness or disease, a person’s breaths can change drastically. Elmhurst Extended Care Center talks about what COPD is and how you can avoid it. 

COPD is a common disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease targets the lungs and makes it harder for people to breath. COPD can be divided into two categories. The first category is chronic bronchitis COPD; it is the result of a patient’s bronchial tubes becoming inflamed. When the bronchial tubes are inflamed, it leads to more mucus being produced. Then, because of the mucus, patients end up coughing a lot and mucus is mixed in with those coughs. The second category is referred to as emphysema. Emphysema is diagnosed when lungs have sustained damage over a long period of time. People who suffer with emphysema have trouble breathing and wheeze a lot.  

To prevent COPD, EECC has 3 recommendations. One of the most important things to watch out for is sicknesses like the flu and cold. Make sure that you are taking care of your body, especially when you are recovering from an illness.  

To read the other 2 recommendations, visit How to Avoid COPD