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In this video, part of a continuing series produced by Medscape, Dr. Laura Feemster of the University of Washington discusses the risks of comorbidities, or companion diseases, in patients with COPD. These include coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), obesity, diabetes, depression, and obstructive sleep apnea. Even if you have mild COPD, you have an increased risk of death from these other conditions
People with obstructive sleep apnea have periods during sleep where they stop breathing because their upper airways occlude when they try to breathe in; heavy snoring is often a symptom.  If you have both COPD and obstructive sleep apnea, your double set of conditions is called Overlap Syndrome. Studies have found that nearly 60% of people with Overlap Syndrome do not use their CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) masks as prescribed. And
The symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as dyspnea (shortness of breath), chronic productive cough, and wheezing can cause functional limitations, preventing a COPD-sufferer from doing the activities that they would like to do. Not only that, COPD limits not just those with COPD, but their caregivers too. Getting out of the house, walking, and participating in social activities can become limited for both patients and th
More than 10,000 cigarette users, with and without COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) participated in a study called the COPDGene study, whose purpose was to explore genetic associations with the disease. Each participant submitted to a CT (or CAT) scan of the chest, and the collective data was analyzed by a team of researchers from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute and other COPDGene investigators , to determine relationshi
Last fall the Centers for Disease Control released data on the death rates associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For those between the ages of 65 and 84, the death rate for men with COPD declined by more than 20% over the last 10 years, but for women it declined only slightly, by just under 4%. Black women are an exception in this age group; for them, COPD-related deaths increased. Despite the larger decline in COPD-relate