You may have a greater chance of getting a heart attack or even die if you use an inhaler and you have the medical condition called COPD a new studyshows. Chemicals in the inhaler may be the cause.
Those with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) have – in plain language - emphysema and chronic bronchitis. That means they often struggle to breathe. An inhaler is often the one thing they can use that helps. Study results are NOT conclusive but the authors of it “urged doctors to closely monitor patients who use the inhalers.”
COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. It “affects as many as 24 million Americans and kills more than 100,000 each year. It involves thickened and narrowed lung airways and excess mucous. Symptoms include persistent coughing and severe shortness of breath; smoking is a leading cause.
Patients describe COPD breathing problems as feeling like they're ‘living the entire day under water, unable to come to the surface,’ said Dr. Aaron Milstone of Vanderbilt University medical school.”
One major source of relief for those who suffer from COPD - or asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions - is cleaner indoor air, where RSPs have been removed.
RSPs (respiratory suspended particulates) are tiny but “most dangerous”, airborne, polluting particles. They are so small that you can breathe them deep into your lungs. Multiple studies show they cause acute or chronic health effects.
They enter the blood or lymph tissue and cause a host of respiratory problems. Those who are allergic to respirable particles succumb to a range of health problems, from allergic rhinitis to bronchial asthma.
Radon and benzo-a-pyrene (suspected carcinogenic agents) are transported by RSPs into the lungs.
Gases or other substances may also be carried by RSPs into the lungs.
Respiratory illness, especially chronic illnesses like bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma may be linked to, or aggravated by, exposure to RSPs.
Lung damage may be small yet it is cumulative. That is especially devastating for young children as the effect of the damage increasingly reduces lung capacity as they age.
Recent research shows that respiratory problems from RSPs and other air pollutants can also lead to heart problems.
It gets worse. These pollutants affect you more if you are sensitive to them or the longer you are exposed to them – for example, the amount of time you spend at home. Health dangers range from itchy eyes to allergic reactions to more dangerous effects such as a damaged immune systems, reduced lung capacity, heart difficulties and cancer.
Slightly larger particles, such as pollen, dander and house-dust allergens, don't penetrate your lungs as deeply, but they can cause debilitating allergic responses.
The main place to get relief is at home where the quality of air can be controlled. See more here http://cleanairathome.ning.com/profiles/blog/edit?id=2297927%3ABlogPost%...
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