When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.
If you’ve just been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have a lot of questions. This page is a great resource for learning about all aspects of the disease including talking to your doctor, flare-up signs and symptoms, and disease management.
If you have a chronic lung disease, you know that staying healthy plays an important part in managing your symptoms and overall well-being. The right exercise methods, diet, and other techniques can help you stay healthy with chronic lung disease and get you back to doing the things you love.
COPD 101 Resources
Wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath: do you have chronic bronchitis, emphysema or asthma? Based on symptoms alone, these conditions seem nearly interchangeable, but a correct diagnosis means the correct treatment, so don't hesitate to talk to your doctor.
If your doctor suspects you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), he may order a spirometry test to find out for sure. While medical tests can be scary or nerve-racking, preparing yourself and knowing what to expect can help ease your nerves, leading to early detection and better symptom management. Here are the spirometry test basics, from the Mayo Clinic, you should know if you suspect you have COPD.
There are two main diseases that fall under the umbrella term Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. But there is a third disease that is actually classified as COPD, as well: asthma. Asthma is a disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. Because the airways are obstructed and the disease is chronic, it is classified as COPD.