Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease also known as COPD, Bronchitis, or emphysema is the 4th leading cause of death worldwide. An estimated 600 million people worldwide have COPD 75% of them don’t know It or have not been treated for this disease. Studies show that with the rapid increase of this disease it will be the third leading cause of death by the year 2020. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is found most commonly in men than women showing that men have more severe smoking habits than women, since smoking is one of the leading causes of COPD. Since most cases go untreated 80% of these people will be hospitalized. Ninety percent of COPD cases are caused by smoking. Smokers with COPD have higher death rates than those who do not smoke. Second hand smoke is also a cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in many people. Air pollution can also put people at risk for COPD. Here is a guide to the signs and symptoms that you may have COPD:
• Emphysema is also a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The signs and symptoms of emphysema are as follows:
o Shortness of Breath
o Tightness in the chest.
• Chronic Bronchitis another form of COPD is caused mainly by smoking. Chronic Bronchitis is defined as a cough that may last anywhere from three months to two years and occur in smokers. Here are the signs and symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis:
o Having to clear your throat every morning due to excessive mucus build up.
o Chronic cough that produces yellowish mucus.
o In later stages shortness of breath may occur.
o Increasing rate in respiratory infection.
• Other advanced signs and symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease include:
o Lip and Nail discoloration
o Morning headaches
o Weight-loss may occur in some people.
o Swelling of feet and ankles when blood vessels are blocked.
Studies show that people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease can decrease their death rate by quitting smoking and controlling the intake of second hand smoke. It is highly recommended if you experience any of the above signs or symptoms you get treated immediately. Ignoring COPD will put you at a higher risk of being hospitalized or even death. Consult your doctor if your COPD symptoms worsen so you can properly be treated or better treated. For more information you can also visit many online websites.