COPD

Paperback | March 5, 2009

byGraeme Currie

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an all too common lung condition which varies markedly in severity between individuals. The term COPD covers conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and around 80% of cases are believed to develop as a result of smoking. Lungproblems, which often fail to improve significantly over time, cause symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, a reduced ability to exercise and frequent chest infections. COPD: The Facts is written primarily for sufferers and their families, and will help readers to understand the disease and its symptoms. The book describes in detail how COPD is diagnosed and covers tests and treatments that patients are likely to experience. It discusses modern approaches to theproblems COPD sufferers experience and provides an up-to-date and informative guide to the disease. Examples of patients' experiences are included throughout the text to illustrate the problems faced by people with COPD, and advice is offered to help sufferers improve their overall quality oflife.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an all too common lung condition which varies markedly in severity between individuals. The term COPD covers conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and around 80% of cases are believed to develop as a result of smoking. Lungproblems, which often fail to improve significantly...

Dr Currie graduated with MBChB in 1994 from the University of Glasgow, and was awarded a Diploma in Child Health in 1997 and MRCP (UK) in 1998. He has recently completed a diploma in postgraduate medical education and appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He became a consultant in respiratory and general ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.02 inPublished:March 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199563683

ISBN - 13:9780199563685

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Table of Contents

1. How the normal lungs work2. What is COPD?3. Making the diagnosis of COPD4. Giving up smoking5. Managing COPD without drugs6. Managing COPD with drugs7. Inhaler devices8. Oxygen and COPD9. Episodes of worsening symptoms (exacerbations)10. Glossary of drugs and further information