COPD: Tiotropium Can Repair The Lung Function

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UPLIFT’s Study Bring Good News to COPD’s patient

A new research involving patient of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) found that tiotropium therapy (a drug that stops the nerve reaction that blocks the breathing route) can improve the lung function and thus improving the quality of life for its patients.

A study called UPLIFT (Understanding Potential Long-term Impacts on Function with Tiotropium) has been carried out involving 5,993 patients in 37 countries around the world.

The survey result has given a big impact to COPD’s patient. However, what more important in management of COPD are early detection and prevention.

Current Treatment of COPD Is To Control It From Worsen Only

COPD like has been known has no cure because it is very impossible that the damage of lungs can be repaired. Available treatments only control its symptoms, reduce the risk of complications and increase the quality of patient’s life. Hence, the result of UPLIFT’s study indeed brings good news to the COPD’s patients.

COPD is a chronic respiratory problem which its nature is very progressive. If untreated it would affect quality of life, besides becoming the main cause of death worldwide.

According World Health Organization (WHO) it is estimated that last year, 210 millions peoples were diagnosed with COPD while 3 millions deaths were caused by COPD as reported in 2005. Near 2030, WHO forecasts that it will become among the main cause of death.

COPD have very big impacts to patients’ life. In extreme case it may affect patients’ ability to do their daily activities such as putting on dress.

COPD is not a disease but a term used to refer to chronic breathing obstruction problem caused by bronchitis problem or emphysema (damage of lung tissue that obstructs the air flow of breathing).

In whatever form the COPD is, it would converge to one condition which is the obstruction in air tube and duct which makes the lungs difficult to function.

Causes of COPD

Nevertheless, COPD basically is a preventable disease. Almost 90 percent of COPD’s cases are caused by smoking habit.

A cigarette. Smoking is the main cause of COPD.90 percent of COPD’s cases are caused by smoking habit.

However, the cause of COPD is in fact more influenced by geographical location. WHO reports for population in higher or middle-income countries, smoking is the main cause of COPD.

As in lower-income countries, COPD is caused by air pollution in patient’s house for example fuel consumption produced from biological process (biomass fuels) used for cooking.

Worldwide, almost 3 billions people use this type of fuel aside from charcoal as a major energy source to cook, grill and other household needs. WHO reports that in this community, air pollution in the house is the main risk of COPD compared to smoking.

Apart from that, COPD also can be caused by exposure to chemicals and frequency of being attacked by respiratory problems during childhood. Dietary and genetic also potentially become the cause of COPD.

While there is no cure, COPD is a highly preventable and treatable disease.

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