OVERVIEW OF COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease in which one feels it is hard to breathe and symptoms worsen over time. There is no known cure.
COPD causes coughing with mucus and is usually accompanied by shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and other symptoms. Physicians typically find chronic inflammation in the lungs and throughout the body.
The leading cause of COPD is cigarette smoking. Although most people who get COPD smoke now or in the past, up to 25 percent of people who have COPD never smoked. Other lung irritants—such as fumes from chemicals or every day air pollution may also contribute to the chances of having COPD. According to the CDC, COPD has become the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
Symptoms of COPD usually include:
- Shortness of breath
- Recurring respiratory infections
Stem Cell Therapy for COPD
Although your lungs possess their own population of healing adult stem cells, there are simply not enough cells present to keep up with the degree of ongoing lung tissue damage which occurs in COPD.
Surprisingly, your adipose (fat tissue) is one of the most potent and concentrated sources of adult stem cells in your body. Once isolated, these powerful healing cells can be put to work to provide cellular level repair of damage found in your lungs as a result of COPD.
Your own healing cells can target a slowed degenerative progression of COPD, restore blood flow, address system-wide inflammation and stimulate the repair and replacement of damaged lung tissue. The combination of these factors may lead to a number of improvements in quality of life, including:
- Improved functional capacity
- Better breathing
- Increased energy and stamina
- Reduction of bronchial infections