What is COPD?
Smoking can cause a number of problems to many organs in the body, but none will be affected as much as the lungs and the heart. Many smokers develop respiratory problems connected to their smoking habit, and about 25% of all smokers will develop a condition called – COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Most cases of COPD develop after continued inhalation of smoke and other substances that damage the lungs and airways. Smoking is the most common cause of COPD and is the most common disease found among smokers. There are cases of COPD patients who have no history of smoking, but develop the disease due to prolonged exposure to secondary smoke. COPD is characterized by a narrowing of the airways, which is accompanied by coughing and trouble breathing.
- Shortness of breath which worsens over time. At the beginning stages, shortness of breath occurs when the person is under physical stress, and over time it progress to situations when the person’s body is in a state of rest.
- A phlegm-y cough that doesn’t go away.
Nowadays, it’s clear that COPD not only affects the lungs, but is connected to a number of other systems in the body – including the heart and muscles.