November is COPD Awareness Month. This is a month where we raise the profile of COPD, let more people know what it is, how it can affect us, and how we can prevent it.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), also known as chronic bronchitis or emphysema, is the third biggest killer in America, killing more than 120,000 Americans every year.
If someone has COPD the airways that carry air to and from the longs become partially blocked, making it hard to push air in and out.
What Can You Do?
You can help to prevent yourself from developing COPD and prevent others from developing the disease by raising awareness of the disease, its symptoms and risk factors.
Symptoms of COPD
It normally takes years for the symptoms of COPD to develop, which is why it is estimated that around half of people with COPD do not know that they have the condition. Symptoms, when they do arise, include:
- Breathlessness when exercising or moving, which increases with time.
- A persistent, phlegmy cough that never goes away.
- Inability to take a deep breath.
- Regular chest infections, particualry in the winter.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Fatigue and tiredness.
- Swollen ankles.
COPD Risk Factors
Some groups of people are at a greater risk of developing COPD. If you are in one of these groups and experience any of the symptoms listed above, you should seek medical advice:
- If you are over 40 and do, or have, smoked.
- If you are over 40 and have been regularly exposed to secondary tobacco smoke.
- If you have been exposed to indoor air pollution, e.g. solid fuel for cooking and heating.
- If you are in an area with high levels of outdoor air pollution.
- Exposure to occupational chemicals and dusts (vapors, fumes and irritants).
- If you experienced frequent lower respiratory infections in your childhood.
There are many methods for controlling COPD. At this point, managing the condition is the best that many COPD patients can expect. Stem Cell Application Mexico offers stem cell treatment for COPD patients, which can stop the progression of the disorder and even reverse some of the existing damage within the lungs.
The world of stem cell application is moving fast and we are proud to be at the forefront of these advancements. We believe that in the future the ability of stem cells to heal damaged tissues and produce new, healthy cells to replace damaged ones, will be harnessed and used on a much more regular basis worldwide. In the mean time we continue to offer life changing stem cell application to patients with a range of conditions, including COPD, neurodegenerative conditions and joint conditions.
If you would like to know more about whether stem cell application could help you, contact us for a free, no obligation consultation.