Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

COPD is the acronym for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a name referring to a group of respiratory diseases. These diseases are characterized by resistance to airflow. Resistance may result from the following causes:

  • Asthma and bronchitis / mucus blockage / smooth muscle spasm / constricted airways.

  • Emphysema / lack of elastic recoil in the lungs / airway inflammation / destruction of air sacs (alveoli) in lungs and small airways (bronchioles).

  • Airway blockage resulting from repeated exposure to dust, pet dander or other irritants causing swelling and clogging with mucous / chronic bronchitis.


These are only some of the more common causes of COPD. If you are concerned for your own health, for someone in your family, talk to your family doctor.

If you are diagnosed with any form of dystonia and you suspect you may also have lung disease, get it checked out as a matter of urgency. Dystonic muscles make everyday living difficult without the added concern about a lung condition.

It is also possible that dystonia will compound any lung disorder if you suffer with dysphagia or spasming diaphragm muscles.

Follow the links above for more information about lung disease, dysphagia and dystonia.

Wherever you are breathe freely, swallow safely, live with hope and enjoy your day!

Sue Bayliss. Cairns Australia.

1 comment:

maggie.danhakl@healthline.com said...

Hi,

Healthline just launched a campaign for called "You Are Not Your COPD" where COPD patients share their story or advice about living with the disease. You can see the homepage for the campaign here: http://www.healthline.com/health/copd/inspirational-stories

We have partnered with the COPD Foundation to promote the campaign and have pledged that for every submitted story, Healthline will donate $10 to the COPD Foundation.

I am writing to ask if you can help spread the word about this campaign by including it as a resource on your page: http://spasmodicdysphonia.blogspot.com/2007/02/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease.html

The more stories we receive the more Healthline will donate to COPD research, support, and treatment programs. Would you please consider including this on your site or sharing with your followers?

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you,
Maggie Danhakl • Assistant Marketing Manager
p: 415-281-3124 f: 415-281-3199

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