A Physician's Prescription for COPD

By

Shikha Chacko, MD    

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the more general term for what your parents knew about lung disease—they called it emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD creates progressive airflow problems in your lungs, making it harder to breathe; it also causes increased inflammation, leading to increased mucus production and risk of infection. People usually start off with mild symptoms, like shortness of breath, cough, etc., but can have horrible COPD flare-ups, resulting in frequent doctor visits, the need for oxygen and even hospitalization.

The key to managing COPD is planning. From meals to laundry to shopping, small adjustments can make living with COPD more manageable.

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