Does COPD Discriminate Against Women? Differences in COPD Between the Sexes

3 thoughts on “Does COPD Discriminate Against Women? Differences in COPD Between the Sexes

  1. Sherry says:

    I have severe pain and anxiety with my copd

  2. Anita Gash says:

    The article states ” Men are more apt to develop emphysema, while women are more likely to develop small airways disease.” What is small airway disease and how is it different than emphysema? Are there COPD drugs that take into account these differences?

    1. PERF says:

      Dear Anita,
      COPD is a term that was created some 40 years ago to encompass two distinct lung diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Chronic bronchitis involves the lung air passages, narrowing them and making them subject to collapse during exhalation. Emphysema involves the “substance” of the lungs: destroying the areas where oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange occurs. Though the two are pretty distinct processes, they both lead to similar symptoms (e.g., shortness of breath) and they are both strongly related to cigarette smoking. Further, many COPD patients have both chronic bronchitis and emphysema components. Finally, our current treatments (e.g., bronchodilators, pulmonary rehabilitation) are used in both.
      We are starting to see some treatments that might be used differently in chronic bronchitis vs. emphysema (e.g., lung volume reduction for emphysema) and will probably see more in the future.
      I hope this helps.
      ~ Rich Casaburi

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