Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): The Facts

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): The Facts

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): The Facts. By Graeme Currie. Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009. Paperback, 110pp. Price £24.99 ISBN: 978-0-19-956368-5

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a long term disease in which the lung becomes damaged due to obstruction and breathing is impaired. The main function of the lung is to inhale air with oxygen and exhale air with carbon dioxide. As with every disease, COPD is caused by genetic and environmental factors. The most common and notorious environmental cause is smoking. Other causes include occupational hazards. The smoke lines the bronchi and narrows the width, hence obstructs the air inhalation and exhalation. COPD is uncommon under age 35 and worse over age 65. Scientists estimate that around one million people in Britain suffer from COPD and it causes about 5% of all deaths annually. The author has collected all such facts in this little book, 110 pages, and outlined clearly the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. It reminded me of the saying 'good thing come in small packages'.

Typical symptoms of COPD include breathlessness (first on exertion then at rest), wheeze, chest tightness, cough with phlegm, reduced exercise capacity and frequent chest infections. …

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