We live in a world where lots of people take for granted life essentials. Whether it be mobility, money or family, we don’t think about the large number of people who don’t have those things. Perhaps even more important is that people often don’t realize the importance of simple necessities such as food, water and oxygen. The ability for humans to breathe in our environment requires oxygen. For many people, oxygen is not readily available. These individuals struggle to breathe as a result of lung diseases such as COPD. Living with COPD is difficult and scary; here are some facts to take your breath away:
COPD, formally known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is an umbrella term used to refer to chronic bronchitis and emphysema. These diseases are often called smoker’s disease because the biggest factor for being diagnosed with emphysema or chronic bronchitis is smoking.
Since smoking is the number one risk factor for developing COPD, in some cases, COPD is preventable by not smoking and refraining from being in a smoky environment. By maintaining a secondhand smoke-free atmosphere, individuals are less likely to develop emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
While it would seem that lung disease such as COPD would only affect the function of the lungs, other major bodily organs are in danger. Because COPD causes low-oxygen levels and high blood pressure, patients have an increased risk of developing heart disease, not to mention a higher potential for heart attack.
Individuals dealing with COPD often also are forced to deal with depression, panic attacks and anxiety disorders. This often interferes with COPD treatment, which causes a vicious cycle that often results in all of the disorders worsening. This can be fatal for individuals who do not get treated.
COPD is incurable. While there are treatments available for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, there is not a cure. These treatments often aim to improve a patient’s quality of life, to minimize the symptoms of COPD and to make individuals more comfortable.
COPD is not a death sentence. You have options. An emerging new treatment for COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis offers patients a chance to bring life within reach. Cellular therapy for lung disease opens the door for the lung tissue to regrow. While this will not cure COPD, it can significantly improve and extend a patient’s life.
If you or a loved one is diagnosed with COPD and is ready to improve your quality of life, contact us or call us at 888-745-6697 for a free consultation.
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