- Lungs -- Diseases, Obstructive
- The Open University/Oxford University Press,
- Introducing health sciences : a case study approach
- 0199237328 (pbk.)
- 9780199237326 (pbk.)
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 1. Introduction; 1.1 What is COPD?; 1.2 COPD is debilitating and life threatening; 2. Who gets COPD?; 2.1 What's the best method of estimating COPD prevalence?; 2.2 COPD risk factors; 2.3 Susceptibility to developing COPD; 3. The respiratory system; 3.1 Oxygen is required to release energy from nutrient molecules; 3.2 Oxygen must be obtained from the air; 3.3 Ventilation of the lungs; 3.4 Exchanges of gases between the lungs and the blood; 3.5 Transporting oxygen around the body; 3.6 The blood circulation; 3.7 The exchange of gases between the blood and the body tissues; 3.8 Supplying sufficient oxygen to the tissues; 4. Airborne particles damage lung function; 4.1 The immune system: the body's natural defence; 4.2 Inflammation protects wounds against infection; 4.3 Defensive cells; 4.4 Inflammation can get out of control; 4.5 Chronic inflammation permanently damages the lungs; 4.6 Free radicals in smoke can directly damage tissues; 4.7 The consequences of lung damage; 5. Diagnosing COPD; 5.1 Imaging COPD; 5.2 Airflow tests to assess lung function; 6. Managing COPD; 6.1 How COPD affects patients' lives; 6.2 Treatments for COPD; 7. Recognising a forgotten killer
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