Stem Cell Therapy For COPD
What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of progressive lung diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. The most common are emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non–reversible) Asthma. The airways carry air into and out of your lungs. If you have COPD, these airways become partly blocked from swelling or mucus. COPD is progressive and has no cure yet. Still, with the correct diagnosis and treatment, there are many things you can do to manage your COPD and ease symptoms, lower the chance of complication and improve quality of life.
How is COPD diagnosed?
A diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is based on your signs and symptoms, history of exposure to lung irritants (such as smoking), and family history. Your doctor will need to do a complete physical examination before determining a diagnosis. The most effective and common method for diagnosing COPD is spirometry. This easy and painless test measures lung function and capacity. To perform this test, you’ll exhale as strongly as possible into a tube connected to the spirometer. The total volume of air exhaled from your lungs is called the forced vital capacity (FVC).
Can COPD be reversed?
If your COPD diagnosis results from smoking cigarettes, the best thing you can do is stop smoking. This action will help slow the progression of your condition and help your body be more receptive to treatment. The symptoms can be treated, but COPD can't be reversed.
What causes COPD?
Most cases of COPD occur when inhaling pollutants, smoking tobacco, and second-hand smoke. Fumes, chemicals, and dust found in many work environments contribute to developing COPD. Genetics can also play a role in developing COPD–even if the person has never smoked.
Types of COPD
Emphysema is a lung disease that causes shortness of breath because of the inflammation of the air sacs in the lung. The anatomy of the lung changes in several ways; this is due to the destruction of the lung tissue around smaller airways. These small airways are usually open, allowing the air to leave the lungs when we exhale. When this tissue is damaged, the airways collapse, making it hard for the lungs to empty. The air becomes trapped in the air sacs. The leading cause of emphysema is cigarette smoking. Even if you don't smoke, you might get emphysema because of "bad air," which can come from people smoking around you, dust, and fumes. There's also an inherited disease called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.
Chronic bronchitis, such as emphysema, are diseases that comprise COPD. This disease is a condition that goes on for a lifetime and must not be confused with Acute Bronchitis, which you might get due to respiratory infection and goes away after a few weeks. Bronchitis is a condition in which the bronchial tubes that move the air and the lungs become inflamed. The irritation of the tubes causes coughing with mucus, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. The leading cause of chronic bronchitis is cigarette smoking. Other factors include air pollution, dust, and toxic gases in the environment.
Refractory (non-reversible) Asthma
Refractory (non-reversible) Asthma is a form of severe Asthma that causes the airways to inflame, become cramped and produce extra mucus. The symptoms include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. In most cases of Asthma, you can control your condition with medication. But in the case of Refractory Asthma, it can't be regulated or contained with regular medicine. While severe Asthma can be a threat, it is possible to keep it under control with alternative treatments and therapy.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are unspecialized unique body cells that have the amazing ability to activate the response in the immune system, slowing down the attack of muscular injuries or degenerative diseases, helping the body regenerate the damaged tissue. Stem cell therapy is an excellent alternative for patients who suffer from any muscular injury or degenerative disease. In GIOSTAR Mexico, our goal is to provide stem cell therapy to give people a better quality of life, with personalized therapy for each patient.
Stem Cell Therapy for COPD
With stem cell therapy, the lungs recover from pulmonary fibrosis, the fibrosis scar and stiff the air sacs of the lungs, making it harder to breathe and reduce the volume of oxygen the lungs can receive. Stem cell therapy helps the body regenerate the tissue in the lungs, making it easier for patients to breathe and making them able to hold larger volumes of oxygen.
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