What Is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is a disease of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe. In my experience, COPD can be one of the hardest diseases to treat, because most people affected by COPD are not even aware they have the illness. In almost all cases I have seen, patients with COPD were also habitual smokers and had been for several years. However, I have seen one case of a non-smoker with COPD. The patient was an elderly woman and although the physician I was with did not perform any tests to find the cause, it is probably she was missing an important protein (alpha-1 antitrypsin), which can result in COPD. There are two forms of COPD: chronic bronchitis, which involves a cough with lots of mucus and the more well-known form emphysema, which is a destruction of the lungs over time.
Being a health care professional, I know that COPD is one of the hot topics in the healthcare field today. However, an even hotter topic is marijuana and it’s benefits as a medical drug. What I found so surprising was that marijuana is actually used to treat COPD. Knowing that cigarette tobacco and the carcinogens contained in the smoke of cigarettes are what cause COPD, it seems unusual that marijuana would be an effective treatment for the disease. Proponents of marijuana being a suitable treatment of COPD, claim that it does not harm the patient further and that the drugs analgesic properties give the patients the relief they seek. Read more about one clinicians experience with the drug and its benefits relating to COPD at SalemNews.com.
Spirometry and It’s Role In Prevention
A relatively new and probably less known treatment for lung conditions is spirometry. I have a lot of personal experience with this technique and have seen its benefits in diagnosing COPD and other lung disorders. The test checks lung function by measuring total lung capacity through a series of forced exhalation and inhalations. This allows clinicians to easily compare a patient’s lung function with that of a normal patient, as well as to a patient with COPD. The reason this test is so beneficial is because it can be done without taking blood or being exposed to radiation, and it gives the patient the results much quicker. If you or a love one believe you may be experiencing COPD, I recommend you schedule an appointment with a physician who employs the use of spirometry. For more information read PubMed Health.