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Abbreviation for:
chronic obstructive airways disease (more commonly, COPD) (Medspeak-UK)
chronic occlusive arterial disease
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chronic obstructive airway disease; COAD; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; COPD; chronic obstructive lung disease; COLD airway dysfunction (e.g. chronic bronchitis or emphysema) in cigarette smokers, or ex-smokers; presenting as type A, 'pink puffers' (breathlessness but near normal arterial oxygen and carbon dioxide levels), or type B, 'blue bloaters' (no breathlessness, but marked arterial hypoxia, carbon dioxide retention and polycythaemia)

COAD, See disease, chronic obstructive airway.


chronic obstructive airways disease. See chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Patient discussion about COAD

Q. Yoga for COPD? I was diagnosed with COPD two years ago, and so far I manage to keep on with my life, although I stopped my regular exercise. A friend of mine that also has COPD told me about yoga exercises for COPD patients- Does anyone here knows something about it?

A. Yoga can teach you how to breath properly, and is also a very good exercise. It's also very relaxing which is also good for you lung, and you can enjoy it. Just give it a try, but ask your physician first.

Q. (COPD)chronic obstructive pulmonary disease the main causes of?

A. Mainly smoking, although ambient air pollution and industrial exposure to dust have also been implicated as causes.

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