What is COPD?

COPD

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(COPD) stands for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It was the third leading cause of death in the world in 2005. The World Health Organization (WHO) holds several surveys. It states that 65 million people worldwide have mild to severe COPD. More than three million died in the United States due to COPD.  It accounts for a 5 % death rate on average. It is saying to get a rise of 30% in COPD patients. In 2020, COPD will take third place as a cause of death. 

 

Stages of COPD:

4 Stages of COPD

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This disease holds four stages. Many of us don’t even notice it when it is in the initial stage. 

Keeping in view the high statistics of this disease, everyone should get an idea about its stages. The stages and general symptoms of COPD are:

Mild. Your airflow is somewhat limited, but you let it be. You cough and have mucus every once in a while.

Moderate. Your airflow is worse. You will often face shortness of breath after doing something active. This is the point where most people notice symptoms and get help.

Severe. Your airflow and shortness of breath are worse. You are unable to perform normal exercise anymore. Your symptoms flare up, also called a worsening.

Very severe: Your airflow is less. Your flares are more regular and intense, and your quality of life is poor. It will lead you towards the severe stage. In a few days, you will be in the wheelchair along with an oxygen tank. 

Early warnings to think about COPD:

It is not an individual disease. It is a mixture and root to other diseases as well. One is emphysema, and the other would be chronic bronchitis. There is no cure for the condition, which may include the following symptoms:

Early warnings to think about COPD

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  • Chest tightness
  • Chronic cough, with or without mucus
  • need to clear mucus from your lungs every day
  • Frequent colds
  • Flu
  • Respiratory infection
  • Lack of Energy
  • Shortness of breath after even a bit of exercise
  • Wheezing, a popular type of higher-pitched noisy breathing during exhalations

These may have noticeable side effects. Steroids may lead to;

  • Water retention
  • Weight gain
  • Endocrine problems 
  • Osteoporosis.

Available Treatments:

COPD Treatments

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Different medications include; 

  • Bronchodilators
  • Inhaled steroids
  • Oral steroids
  • Phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitors
  • Theophylline
  • Antibiotics

And for Lung therapies;  

  • Oxygen therapy

Pulmonary rehabilitation programs and surgeries including; 

  • Lung-volume reduction surgery
  • Lung transplantation
  • Bullectomy

Pro-Tip:

Lifestyle changes can accommodate several side effects. Quitting smoking and enhancing nutrition intake is helpful. Different surgical options are available too. Like;

  1. Partial lung resection
  2. Lung transplant

For sure, surgeries are risky. Now the 21st century provides advanced healthcare solutions. 

Are these treatments effective?

Not really. All physical and chemical therapies provide limited results. 

Any solution to cope up?

Stem Cell Treatments for COPD

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Stem cells are used to treat COPD. Particularly, Mesenchymal stem cells are doing their best. Umbilical cord-derived (UC)-MSCs help to treat COPD. Here a question hits up. Does stem cell therapy hold repairing and regenerating tissue capacity?

Let’s discuss the safety and efficacy of stem cells.

Does stem cell therapy for COPD work well?

Stem Cell Therapy for COPD is the best option to improve the quality of life. These procedures involve stem cell expert and licensed drugs. After FDA approval, these biologics are used. 

Can stem cell therapy repair damaged lungs?

The initial studies demonstrated that stem cell procedures for lung conditions are very safe and real. A 2020 study showed that umbilical cord-derived stem cell therapy improved lung function. 

Umbilical cord stem cell procedures provide;

  • Low risk-based treatment
  • Affordable
  • Performed as an outpatient 

Patients receive the treatment with either 30 or 50 million live stem cells through an IV and nebulizer. 

With exceptional results, these stem cells are helpful. They reduce COPD severity. 

Final Word!!

Different studies have objected to the importance of stem cells. They are effective. They can provide result-driven improvements. 

It enhances the quality of life. With less pain and risk, these treatments are handy to handle. So far, results from these treatments are positive and safe. But, there is a need to perform a detailed investigation of the gas exchange. This is being used for COPD patients. There is a need to consider many controlled clinical therapies. This will help out in measuring different aspects of treatment. 

Shifa Rejuvenation Clinic for COPD treatment:

Shifa Rejuvenation Clinic is the best Stem Cell Therapy Clinic in Pakistan dealing with various conditions including COPD disease. Our treatments through stem cell therapy are highly effective and helping people in changing their lives.