COPD Disease Linked to Structural Changes in Brain Regions Regulating Fear, Breathlessness

COPD Disease Linked to Structural Changes in Brain Regions Regulating Fear, Breathlessness

COPD Disease is the therefore used term for “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” a somewhat clumsy and indeterminate description for most of us. It contain different lung problems such as emphysema, bronchiectasis disease and chronic bronchitis.The spine-chilling part is that it’s a mystery to our pharmaceutical-dependent medical system.

And it gets progressively worse, often causes death.It’s third in disease death rates, behind only heart disease and cancer. A study newly published in the journal Chest found that patients with COPD Disease had minimize gray matter in cerebral areas that process breathlessness, fear, and pain sensitivity.Intrapulmonary inflammatory processes restrict the flow of air in the people’s lungs with this disease, and breathlessness is commonly experienced even during low-intensity activities, like climbing stairs or walking.

The condition is also linked with disease specific fears and a general avoidance of physical activity, which can contribute to copd  worsening.However Scientists know very less about the structural brain processes that arise in COPD Disease patients or their possible relation to COPD Disease duration and fears like dyspnea or physical activity.In the study “Structural Brain Changes in Patients with COPD ,” researchers used voxel-based morphometric analysis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to assess differences in generalized degeneration of the cortex and gray matter in 30 patients with moderate to severe COPD, and compared them to similar brain regions in 30 healthy individuals.

Copd Patients were also tested for lung function using spirometry and fears were evaluate using the COPD Disease Anxiety Questionnaire (CAF).COPD Disease patients showed no generalized cortical degeneration but regionally lessen gray matter volume in the anterior, mid and posterior cingulate cortex and the hippocampus and amygdala. The team also found that the levels of brain degradation — especially in gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex — was most notable in patients of longer disease duration, and with greater fears of physical activity and breathing difficulties.