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Sunday, November 26, 2017

COPD Awareness Month

November is National COPD Awareness Month. This day means a lot to me as many of the residents and one special man that I know and love have COPD. As you recall I am a nurse aide and through the years have see n many suffer the fate of COPD. I see my husband suffer and fight thru COPD whenever it flares up.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD is known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis Coughing producing large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and other symptoms are all part of COPD. The major cause of COPD is cigarette smoking. This is one disease that is preventable and treatable so if you smoke stop so you can live a longer and healthier life.

COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. More than 120,000 individuals will die from COPD each year, that is 1 death every 4 minutes. COPD is also known for serious long term disabilities. Those with COPD increases each year currently more than 12 million individuals have been diagnosed with COPD another 12 million may have the disease and are not aware of it. If you find yourself in the statistics there are a few things you can do:

  • take time and be aware of the risk factors. Risk factors include shortness of breath, chronic cough, or having trouble performing simple daily tasks like climbing stairs, grocery shopping or laundry. Being over the age of 40 and smokes or was a past smoker. Worked or lived around chemicals or fumes. Have a certain genetic condition.
  • recognize symptoms
  • talk to a doctor or health care provider 
  • follow treatment which may include prescribed medication, enroll in pulmonary rehabilitation program, avoid pollutants or fumes that irritate lungs, and / or get flu and pneumonia shots 
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1 comment:

  1. Copd took my mother in 2017. She suffered a long, slow death because of it and I urge anyone and everyone to become more educated on this horrific disease. How to prevent it, treat it, etc... R.I.P. Doreen Doolittle Springer �� 9/26/52-12/21/17


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