Table of Contents

How the normal lungs work.
What is COPD?.
Making the diagnoisis of COPD.
Giving up smoking.
Managing COPD without drugs.
Managing COPD with drugs.
Inhaler devices.
Oxygen and COPD.
Episodes of worsening symptoms (exacerbations).
Appendix 1. Glossary of drugs.
Appendix 2. Further information.
Index. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an all too too common lung condition - usually caused by cigarette smoking - which varies markedly in severity between individuals, and includes conditions previously known as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It causes progressive symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, reduced exercise tolerance and frequent chest infections. COPD: The Facts is written for patients with COPD and their families, but it will also be of interest to health professionals. The book describes in detail how a diagnosis is made and what treatments patients a.