Copd : Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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COPD is an abbreviated term for the lung disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and it is seen in people everyday. It is estimated that this disease affects roughly 24 million individuals in the U.S.. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease occurs in other countries instead of just the United States. It is increasing rapidly and therapies currently do not alter the disease (Gross “Abstract”). Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease can be caused by smoking, environmental factors and or genetic factors, which are the top three risk factors for this disease (COPD Foundation). Although it can be genetic, it is mostly caused by inhaling pollutants.This disease may be slightly treated if not all the way by different breathing techniques and medications. COPD is a lung disease that worsens as it progresses to the point that it may be life threatening, but it can be prevented by staying away or using caution around pollutants such as harsh fumes and cigarette smoke.
Smoking and secondhand smoke, fumes and chemicals, and genetic factors may be primary causes for COPD, but illnesses like bronchitis and emphysema are also key factors of the disease. These two illnesses are just other words some people use to describe COPD. According to Garell, chronic bronchitis and emphysema are known as COPD (67). Another fact stated is that “heredity is known to play some role in the department of this” (Garell 67). COPD is rarely caused by genetics, but should still be looked for. The…
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