Who are at risk of Hypercapnia?

Some people are more at risk than others for the development of hypercapnia, especially if they:

Smoke: People who smoke, especially heavy smokers, are at greater risk of COPD, hypercapnia, other breathing difficulties, and lung diseases.

Have asthma: Because asthma causes the airways to become inflamed and narrowed, it may impact breathing and the levels of carbon dioxide in the body when it is not well controlled.

Work with lung irritants: Those who work with chemicals, dust, smoke, or other lung irritants are at greater risk of hypercapnia.

Have COPD: Having COPD, especially if diagnosed at a later stage of disease progression, increases the likelihood of getting hypercapnia.

Obese: being overweight or obese can also keep you from getting enough air due to the pressure put on your lungs by your weight.

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