What is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.It is a progressive lung disease, meaning that it may get worse over time.

In chronic bronchitis, your airways become swollen and can be filled with mucus, which can make it hard for you to breathe.

In emphysema, the air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs are damaged which can make it hard for you to breathe.

COPD is a disease that develops over time. In most cases, it is diagnosed in people over 40 years of age. It may not be obvious that someone has COPD until simple tasks such as walking up stairs makes them feel short of breath. The reason they feel short of breath is because if you have COPD, your lungs are obstructed or blocked, making it hard to breathe.

What causes COPD?

  • Smoking is the number one cause of COPD

  • Long term exposure to industrial dust/chemical fumes

  • Genetics (including alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency)

  • Air pollution

Symptoms of COPD

  • Chronic cough

  • Wheezing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fatigue

  • Frequent respiratory infections

COPD Treatments

COPD can’t be cured, but it can be treated. Early diagnosis, lifestyle changes and appropriate drug treatments can help you lead a normal and active life, feel better and stay out of hospital.

Quitting smoking is the most important step in treating your COPD. It helps to quit smoking, even if you already have COPD. In fact, quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to feel better. COPD will get worse if you continue to smoke or are around second-hand smoke or air pollution.

Basic COPD Medications

  • Bronchodilators – for relief and maintenance

  • Inhaled steroids – for prevention of flare-ups in selected patients with more advanced COPD

  • Antibiotics – for fighting infection

  • Vaccines – for flu and pneumonia; also for prevention

  • Supplemental oxygen – to prolong life in patients with critically low oxygen in their blood

How can MagGas help me?

Although there is no cure for COPD yet, certain lifestyle changes and treatments exist to slow down the COPD progression and help patients live a longer and more active life.

The first step in lifestyle change should be to QUIT SMOKING. By quitting, the progression of COPD decreases and positive changes will start to be obvious. There are also treatments through medications, vaccines and surgery.

At MagGas we offer Oxygen Therapy for those who suffer from COPD. When COPD is severe, the oxygen level in the blood decreases. Through our Oxygen Therapy treatment, you receive sufficient oxygen through nasal prongs or masks.

  • Less symptoms

  • Protect your heart and other organs from damage

  • Sleep better at night

  • More active during the day

  • Live longer

  • Could prolong life

  • Improves quality of life