Live Better with COPD
What is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in America, and 20% of people who get COPD have never smoked.
COPD is a group of diseases where airflow out of the lungs is limited. With COPD, you may have any or all of these diseases.
- Chronic bronchitis
- Asthma (if airflow obstruction can be reversed)
- Shortness of breath with activity
- Excessive volume of sputum
- Sputum that looks infected
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
- Don’t spread germs – cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Get a flu vaccine every fall.
- Get the vaccines against pneumococcal bacteria.
- Avoid crowds and people who are sick.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get regular exercise such as walking, water aerobics or riding a stationary bike.
- Learn breathing techniques to move air into and out of your lungs.
- Ask your doctor about pulmonary rehabilitation and physical therapy.
- Give up smoking.
- Use coughing and other techniques to get rid of mucus.
- Use oxygen when it is prescribed.
- Take medications as prescribed.
- Use correct technique with inhaled medication.
Did You Know?
- A person with COPD uses 750 calories per day just to breathe.
- A person without COPD uses 50 calories per day to breathe.
- COPD is treatable.