Not Medical Advice: COPD or "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease" is not one single disease but an umbrella term used to describe chronic lung diseases that cause limitations in lung airflow. The more familiar names 'chronic bronchitis' and 'emphysema' are no longer used, however are now included within the COPD diagnosis. The most common signs of COPD are:
- Breathlessness or a need for air
- Excessive sputum production
- Chronic cough
COPD is not just merely a "smoker's cough", however a under-diagnosed, life threatening lung disease that may progressively lead to death. According to the latest WHO estimates (2004), currently 64 million people have COPD and 3 million people died of COPD. WHO predicts that COPD will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.
Taking daily walks of at least two miles can reduce hospitalizations from severe episodes of COPD, new research suggests. Scientists found that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients without regular walking regimens had about twice the rate of hospitalizations triggered by the condition compared to those who maintained the highest levels of physical activity. Read more at WebMD.