Why COPD is happening?
Over the years, the ignition will lead to permanent changes in the lungs. To thicken airway wall and produce more mucus. Damage to the delicate walls of the alveoli in the lungs causes emphysema and lung loses normal elasticity . Smaller airways also scars and narrowed. These changes cause the symptoms of shortness of breath, cough and phlegm associated with COPD.
Some cases of COPD smoke, dust, air pollution and genetic disorders caused , but they are rare .
Who is affected ?
COPD is one of the most common respiratory diseases in the UK. It usually affects people over the age of 35 years, although most people are not diagnosed until they are. In their fifties
It is believed that more than 3 million people living with the disease in the UK, of which only about 900,000 have been diagnosed . This is because many people who develop COPD symptoms to get any medical care because they often dismiss their symptoms as "smoker's cough " .
COPD affects more men than women, although the rate for women is increasing.
Importantly, COPD is diagnosed as early as possible , the treatment may be used to try to slow down the deterioration of the lungs. You should consult with your doctor if you have any of the symptoms listed above .
COPD is usually diagnosed after a consultation with the doctor , which may be followed by tests with breathing.