What is COPD

What-is-COPDCOPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is a long-term lung disease often caused by smoking. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Many people with COPD have both bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is a serious respiratory condition.

What does COPD do to my lungs?

COPD slowly damages your airways, the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. COPD makes airways swollen and partly blocked by mucus. It also damages the tiny air sacs at the tips of your airways. This makes it hard to move air in and out of your lungs.

What are the symptoms of COPD?

The main symptoms of COPD are a long-lasting cough, coughing up mucus, and being short of breath. People with COPD usually have one or more of these symptoms:

  • a cough that lasts a long time, or coughing up mucus
  • feeling short of breath, especially when you are making an effort (climbing stairs, exercising)
  • many lung infections that last a long time (the flu, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.)
  • wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe)
  • feeling tired (fatigue)
  • losing weight without trying

People might think that feeling short of breath is a normal sign of ageing— but it’s not. If you have these signs and symptoms, see your doctor who can advise you on COPD treatment. Ask for a spirometry test, a simple test that measures how much air you can move out of your lungs. The sooner you see the doctor, the sooner you can get proper treatment for your COPD. If you are over 40 and currently smoke, or you’ve smoked in the past, you may be at risk for COPD.  However, breathing exercises as apart of your COPD treatment can help you breathe more easily

For more information on the effects of Inspiratory muscle training for people with COPD, read this research paper.

13 thoughts on “What is COPD”

  1. Hope this will not be thought of as a discordant note and the result of a quirk of character, but I would earnestly suggest connecting a Powerbreathe with some sort of manometer so that inspiratory suction may be quickly, cheaply and accurately measured without the expense of special equipment. All that is needed is an infusion set from the chemist/pharmacist as an economic source of thin PVC tubing. Free the tubing of the fittings, drill a suitable hole in the mouthpiece of your Powerbreathe or other trainer. Thread one end of the tubing in the hole and then see what length of a column of water can be drawn up from a glass of water.
    This makes it much simpler to make comparisons with results given in scientific literature. Richard Friedel

  2. Hi Richard, again, thanks for your comments and sharing with us your different method of using POWERbreathe. Here at POWERbreathe we do not recommend that you alter the physical form of your unit. POWERbreathe is intended as an inspiratory muscle training device in the form it has been designed and developed. Altering your POWERbreathe will also invalidate the manufacturer warranty because you are using POWERbreathe in a way other than in which it was intended. Please also note that we cannot comment on specific medical applications or uses either.
    Thank you.

  3. But with all due respect, I personally get a much better incentive effect watching the column of colored water in the monitoring tube making gradual daily or weekly progress.
    I guess the discoveries in the field of IMT are such a gift to all of us for athletics and health and something deserving our greatest admiration and gratitude. One effect will hopefully be the end of asthma drug doping in sport. RF

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  5. Hey I really liked the post. COPD is a very dangerous disease which needs to be diagnosed as soon as possible. The lung damage that is caused by COPD is irreversible, and if the signs are ignored, a lot more damage can occur. Posts like these are helping to raise awareness of COPD symptoms, and that is helping a lot of people. I wanted to share a really good resource I found on diagnosing COPD, I hope it is helpful.

    1. Thank you Stephen for your post, and for sharing your link – it’s much appreciated. The more information people have access to the better – and ease of access too. We’re trying to help raise awareness as are you, so we’ll continue to post and if you have anything else you’d like to share then please do get in touch. Thanks again Stephen.

  6. What is COPD? That is probably the question that a lot of people ask themselves when they hear about this disease. It is amazing how few people actually know about COPD, and yet it is the third leading cause of death in the United States. I recently read about a nation wide study that showed awareness levels have dropped somewhat in the U.S. too.

  7. This is a very informative post. Thank you for taking the time to put this post together. COPD is one of those health problems that is not very well known despite the fact that it is so widespread in America. Posts such as yours will help people become more aware of it so that they can take the necessary steps to get the treatment they need before the condition becomes even more severe. COPD

    1. Hi Susan, and many thanks for your feedback. We are pleased to hear you found the post informative, and we’d like to thank you too for the link you included to an equally informative and interesting post about the causes and symptoms of COPD. It’s much appreciated.

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