Common Symptoms Of The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonatory System

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a disease that affects the respiratory system. It is a progressive disease, which means that it gets worse as time passes ("What Is COPD?"). Although there are different types of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the common similarity in the disease is increasing breathlessness. The main symptoms are an increases of breathlessness, frequent coughing, wheezing and tightness in the chest. One major issue is that when people age they assume that the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease symptoms are symptoms of aging. People think their bodies are just wearing out. This makes it hard to diagnose people with the disease, because they are unaware of the symptoms. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease …show more content…
Symptoms increase as the disease progresses. The main symptoms that show in most people include respiratory related problems. Shortness of breath is common because of all the mucus in the lungs. Wheezing can be caused by irritation to the lungs. Chest tightness can also be caused by irritation. Because of all the mucus in the lungs, influenza and colds are very likely. This makes breathing ever more difficult. Although most people get these symptoms, it is possible to have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease with not all of these symptoms. It is also possible to get these symptoms without Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. As the lung damage gets worse, the symptoms generally get worse. So by the severity of symptoms, doctors can estimate the quality of the patient’s lungs. Severe symptoms include swelling of the joints, weight loss, and lower muscle endurance. With all these symptoms it is hard to tell when you need to receive emergency treatment. A person with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease should seek emergency treatment if they: have a hard time breathing, finger tips turn blue or grey, have a very fast heart beat ("What Is COPD?").. In conclusion, people may not know that they have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, but if a person has any of the symptoms, they should see a doctor to ask …show more content…
They are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema involves extensive damage to the lungs over time. A way to test the progression is a pulmonary function testing (PFT’s). This test, tests the lung capacity of a person ("COPD"). This test is simple and is accurate. It involves a patient blowing out into a tube. The force and duration determines the condition of the lungs. With emphysema it is hard to blow out because air pockets form. To tell what stage a person is in most doctors use the GOLD staging system. GOLD stands for “ Global Institute for Chronic Obstruction Lung Disease.” This is a specific test that measures the amount of air that a person can blow out in 1 second. This amount of air is called the forced exploratory volume (FEVI). vFrom the FEVI doctors group the patient into four stages. Stage one is the mild stage. The FEVI is 80% or more than normal. The second stage is moderate. The FEVI is less than 80 % but more than 50% of normal capacity. The third stage is severe, the FEVI is less 50 percent but greater than 30 percent. Finally, the worse stage is very severe. This is when the FEVI is less then 30 percent. There can be serious physical limitation when the FEVI is less than 30 because oxygen blood content is very low. This causes oxygen deprivation. This can cause damage to the body. Brain damage occurs after eight minutes without oxygen

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