Could somebody tell me the difference between these two conditions? (I work in a cardiology clinic, and probably should have a better understanding but have never really needed to know.)
This morning my husband was diagnosed with what the doctor referred to as "smoking related chronic airways disease". Whilst I've come across this term regularly at work, I don't know where to start on researching it.
Internet searches have been a little confusing so far, with the majority of info I find relating to COAD or COPD - I made an assumption (possibly incorrectly) that COAD is the relevant condition that I should be researching, but it seems difficult to find much info on anything other than COPD.
We do not yet know what the severity of his condition is, however it did show up on a chest x-ray which would suggest it is at least reasonably severe. He had a CT scan this morning to get further diagnosis on the severity.
He has had no symptoms except for tiredness and shallow breath (which I noticed over the last few months, although he didn't seem to notice it himself).