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, the hereditary loss of certain lung defenses, which leaves lungs more vulnerable to damage.
The second factor is outside conditions such as smoking, air and environmental pollution, and in some cases, frequent infections. The future promises more advances in understanding why patients get asthmatic bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.
Diagnosing any breathing problem at an early stage is most important. The treatments and medications discussed in this document can help stop the progress 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! (You may download a copy of the brochure “Save Your Breath America” on the resources page. This is a resource offering advice for patients with asthmatic bronchitis, chronic bronchitis or emphysema and their families.)