Leonard Nimoy died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Who was he and what is COPD?
RIP Leonard Nimoy.
Although I saw him on Star Trek, I didn’t know his name, until Sheldon (The Big Bang Theory) told me who he was.
He died of COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s a progressive obstructive lung disease that causes the sufferer to increase breathlessness.
This condition may develop for years without you noticing a shortness of breath. But, as the disease developed, you’ll notice the symptoms: increased breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and frequent coughing.
What was the cause of Leonard Nimoy’s obstructive lung disease?
Smoking. Leonard had been smoking for years, after three decades of quitting.
Although not all smokers will suffer from obstructive lung disease, 90 percent of smokers will have COPD later on.
In addition to smoking, environmental factors can also contribute to this disease. Chemicals, fumes, dust, asbestos fibers, and fumes may cause COPD. Lung irritants in your house may also cause this condition.
Genes, too, may play a significant role in the development of COPD.
How to determine if you have obstructive lung disease?
To know how well your lungs function, it’s best to undergo spirometry test. It’s a non-invasive test that requires you to blow air out of your lungs into a spirometer.
Ask your doctor about it.
As for Leonard Nimoy, he could no longer say “Live long and prosper!” (I’m going to miss that.)