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Acute exacerbation of COPD - Expert Video

Expert Video: What is an acute exacerbation of COPD and what causes it?

Expert pulmonologists describe what an acute exacerbation of COPD is and the signs to watch out for. Causes include bacterial infections and viruses, and also inhaling lung irritants such as smoke or exhaust fumes for example. Urgent medical attention is required when the signs of an oncoming exacerbation or actual exacerbation occur.

Acute exacerbation of COPD - Expert Video
Acute exacerbation of COPD - Expert Video
Expert Video:

What other assessments are recommended for COPD patients with acute exacerbations?


Expert pulmonologists discuss other assessments that are recommended to differentiate acute exacerbations of COPD from other conditions that may be confused with exacerbations, such as congestive heart failure, pneumonia or pulmonary edema, for example.

Acute exacerbation of COPD - Expert Video
Acute exacerbation of COPD - Expert Video
Expert Video:

What is the long-term impact of acute exacerbations of COPD?


Expert pulmonologists discuss the long-term impact of acute exacerbations on patients with COPD. Every time a patient has an exacerbation of COPD their lungs take a hit, and overtime they may lose lung function faster than patients who don’t have exacerbations. Getting help early on and taking medications where indicated is vitally important and can reduce the chance of repeat exacerbations and hospital visits.


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