Pulmonary Disease: All about COPD
Pulmonary Disease: Causes of COPD
• Smoking – it is the most common causes of COPD. COPD patients who smoke also have high death risks, along with other respiratory problems. Passive as well as secondhand smokers have a high risk of developing COPD.
• Air pollution - whether indoor or outdoor can create problem for a person with lung disease.
• Occupational pollutants – like cadmium and silica can increase the risk of COPD. Coal miners and construction workers are at a huge risk of developing COPD due to this type of pollution.
• Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency - At times, COPD can also result from a genetic disorder that causes low levels of a protein called alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAt). The chances of this are very low. AAt is made in the liver to help protect the lungs. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency can affect the liver as well as the lungs.
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