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Save Your Breath, America!

Prevent Emphysema Now!

Introduction-Save Your Breath America!

What is COPD?

Emphysema

Early Detection

Treatment

Devices:
Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)
Dry Powder Discus
Aerosolizer

New Developments

The Future

Additional Reading / Web Sites

The New Era / Sponsors

 
 
 


The Future

Today, doctors and scientists have a better understanding than ever of the nature of asthmatic bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. These diseases are viewed as damage to the lungs as a result of two factors. First is outside conditions such as smoking, air and environmental pollution, and in some cases, frequent infections. The second factor is the hereditary loss of certain lung defenses, which leaves lungs easier to damage. The future promises more advances in understanding why patients get asthmatic bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.

Diagnosing any breathing problem by spirometry at an early stage is most important. The treatments and medications discussed in this document can help stop the progression of COPD, in addition to making your life as comfortable as possible. The earlier this is done, the better your health will be. Diagnosing asthmatic bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema early can save your breath, America!

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