What is COPD?
According to the COPD Foundation, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe several progressive lung diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, non-reversible asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.
It is true that the majority of people diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are past or current smokers. There are also other risk factors for COPD that are often ignored. If you work in an environment that expose you to toxic chemicals, excessive dust or other air pollutants, you should see your doctor often to assess the function of your lungs.
Did you know?
- COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States and causes serious, long-term disability
- COPD kills more than 135,000 Americans each year.
- More than 15 million are told by a health care provider that they have COPD.
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute – NIH
There is no cure for COPD and it progressively gets worse as the years go by. There are however, ways of managing COPD and that’s the entire mission of this COPD Management website.
Proper COPD management should have four main goals:
- Relieve COPD symptoms
- Slow the decline in lung function
- Improve daily lung function
- Improve the overall quality of life
Before using this website, please read the “Additional Information” page. The purpose of this website is not to diagnose or treat COPD or any other medical condition. Always seek and follow the advice of your personal doctor or other qualified health provider regarding any medical condition.
If you would like to take part in building and maintaining this website, please get in touch. You may want to write an article for the blog, reference a source of COPD information, or share your own personal experience with COPD, as a patient or family member.
“COPD has no cure and doctors don’t know how to reverse the lung damage. Treatments and lifestyle changes can help you feel better, stay more active, and slow the progress of the disease.”
SOURCE: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
This COPD Management website does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. See Additional Information
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