Chronic COPD Treatment
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Chronic COPD Treatment
Have you noticed that you or a loved one has been coughing a lot more lately? Feeling out of breath? Maybe even sometimes experiencing wheezing? These traits all have one thing in common, COPD. COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive form of lung disease that ranges from mild to severe. It is the restriction of airflow into and out the lungs that makes breathing difficult. COPD is actually the umbrella term for suffers who have been diagnosed with or show signs of emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
Many patients with COPD have trouble walking short distances and are prone to ongoing illnesses and pneumonia. Too often, oxygen support is needed 24 hours a day just to breathe normally. There is no cure for COPD but treatment options are available to prevent more damage and hopefully improve the quality of life.
What Causes COPD?
The primary cause of COPD is tobacco smoke. The toxins in cigarette smoke destroy tissue and cause inflammation of the lungs. When you smoke a cigarette, the toxins are inhaled into the lungs soaking the passageways and air sacs. The structure and elasticity are destroyed. When you breathe out, only some of the toxins leave your body. In the case of the sponge, you can eventually wash the paint out. Unfortunately, you can never fix the damage that is done to your lungs.
A consistent inhalation of air pollutants can cause inflammation in the lungs leading to lung damage and emphysema. The most common places people consume such pollutants is in dense urban environments and near industrial complexes that use harsh chemicals or burn fossil fuels for energy.
On a limited occasion, COPD can be caused by a rare genetic disorder that decrease the production of specific protein. This disorder is known as Alpha-1-antitrypsin. An alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency may cause emphysema to develop in people who have never smoked cigarettes. Alpha-1-antitrypsin is a substance in the lungs that fights the enzyme trypsin (or protease). Trypsin is an enzyme released by immune cells in both the digestive tract and in the lungs, which fights bacteria or digests food. In people who are alpha-1-antitrypsin deficient, the lungs cannot fight the destructive nature of the trypsin. Therefore, the lung tissue is progressively weakened and destroyed, similar to what is found in a person who has smoked cigarettes.
The Lung Institute utilizes autologous stem cells, derived from the patient’s own body from the bone marrow and blood. During these procedures, stem cells are extracted, isolated and then immediately introduced back into the body where they then divide and replicate into healthy cells specialized to the damaged tissue. The use of autologous stem cells in transplantation is considered to be more reliable than stem cells from another individual as there is a much lower probability of rejection due to the fact that autologous stem cells are derived from the patient’s own body. All our stem cell procedures have shown anti-inflammatory properties beneficial to patients with lung disease.
Stem cells have the ability to self-renew indefinitely, meaning they have the capability to divide many times and specialize to promote the healing of organs while still sustaining the original undifferentiated cell. Depending on the nature of the patient’s condition and health history, the bone marrow procedure is always performed in conjunction with the venous procedure while the venous procedure may be performed on its own.