Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 2012 Update

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 2012 Update

Postby Wilberforce » Sun May 06, 2012 9:18 pm

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 2012 Update
http://pulmccm.org/main/2012/review-art ... ew-lancet/

Epidemiology of COPD

Globally, ~10% of people older than 40 have airflow limitation of GOLD stage 2 or worse (FEV1 < 80% predicted); up to 25% may have GOLD stage 1 (FEV1 = 80% predicted but FEV1/FVC < 0.7).
Up to 60-85% of people with COPD (mostly mild/moderate severity) are undiagnosed.
Besides tobacco smoking, biomass exposure (wood burning stoves), secondhand smoke, air pollution and work exposures to fumes and dusts cause COPD in susceptible people.
COPD is the 4th leading cause of death worldwide; its mortality is rising, while cardiovascular disease’s is falling; COPD is expected to be the 3rd leading cause of death in the next 20 years.
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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