Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD affects 30million Americans. COPD describes progressive lung diseases that includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. It is manageable with the right diagnosis and treatment approach.
Each person can have different symptoms for COPD, but there are common ones:
Increased shortness of breath
Frequent coughing (with and without mucus)
Tightness in the chest
It is important to consult your healthcare provider should any of these symptoms occur. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides the following steps for COPD symptoms management:
Avoid lung irritants.
Get ongoing care.
Manage the disease and its symptoms.
Prepare for emergencies.
With the right disease management and support, a person with COPD can have a long and happy life.
For resources on COPD visit:
The COPD Foundation provides extensive information and resources to better understand COPD. https://www.copdfoundation.org/What-is-COPD/Understanding-COPD/What-is-COPD.aspx
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides information on COPD and the ability for people to participate in NHLBI clinical trails.