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Q&A: COPD

Chronic Conditions | August 10, 2017
I was recently diagnosed with COPD, and I feel helpless. What can I do to keep this disease under control?

It is natural that you feel overwhelmed with a new diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). What’s important to remember is that there are things you can do to control this disease.

  • If you smoke, quit. It’s essential if you want to slow the progression of the disease. Your doctor can provide you options to help you quit.
  • Learn about your medicines. COPD medicines are vital for staying well and active. Take all medicines as prescribed, and tell your doctor about any side effects or problems that crop up.
  • Ask about pulmonary rehabilitation. This program offers emotional and psychological support along with practical, everyday tips and exercises to control breathing problems and stay healthy.
  • Keep a good attitude, and take action! Develop a COPD action plan with your provider to identify when your symptoms are getting worse and you need to call or be seen by your provider.
  • Monitor your symptoms daily and record them.

This healthy living tip is courtesy of Rita Williams, NP-C.

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