What Is COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)?

Obstructive Lung Disease comes in many forms and it’s worth learning about its various forms, symptoms, and treatments, especially if you’ve ever had difficulty breathing. Signs to watch for are wheezing, difficulty breathing, increased lethargy, or a tightness in your lungs and airway. Keep in mind that smoking may cause or exacerbate problems with your respiratory system and is known as a cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). If you feel you have experienced any or all of these symptoms, you should consider watching this video. Simple analogies and animation will help you to understand what you need to know about your respiratory system’s health and anatomy. COPD has two component pieces that cause separate issues with breathing. Emphysema is an irreversible enlargement of the alveoli in the lungs. This, combined with Chronic Bronchitis, a condition in which mucus glands overproduce thick gooey mucus and clog the airway, is one reason to curtail a smoking habit, as COPD is namely caused by smoking and can cause irreversible respiratory damage. Asthma can also cause breathing difficulties but these are temporary and reversible as they are caused by a hyperactive airway, similar to an allergic reaction. Other Lung Diseases detailed in the video are Bronchiectasis, dilation of the bronchi, and Cystic Fibrosis, thick secretions in the lungs. There are ways to treat some of these diseases and the video goes into detail on. Generally reduction inflammation or constriction of the airways can assist with breathing. These include bronchodilators, the medicines included in most asthma inhalers. Watch the video if you feel you have any symptoms listed above or are interested in learning about Obstructive Lung Disease.


Key Points of Video:

  • 1Your lungs are like a tree going from tree root and branch out like alveoli
  • 2COPD is a chronic lung disease that is usually caused by smoking.
  • 3Don’t smoke or you will have floppy alveoli.

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