Do You Know If You Have COPD?
North American Precis Syndicate
With the right therapy regimen, you can enjoy an active lifestyle with COPD. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—A staggering number of people across the world are impacted
by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), experiencing often
debilitating symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing.
Despite how common COPD is across the globe, awareness of the signs,
symptoms and treatment options for the disease remains low. Too often,
diagnosed patients and their families do not know what COPD is, how it will
affect their lifestyle or what treatment options are available. Some patients
may even hesitate to seek care due to the social stigma associated with the
The Reality of COPD
COPD is a progressive, life-threatening disease that is estimated to
affect more than 251 million people worldwide, and is on track to become the
third leading cause of death by 2020.2,3 In the U.S. alone, it is
estimated that 12 million adults have COPD, with another 12 million living
For patients and their families, it can be challenging to figure out how
to manage the lifestyle changes that are required to properly manage COPD
symptoms. Modern advances such as long-term oxygen therapy systems (both
stationary and portable), noninvasive mechanical ventilation, and drug
delivery technologies have helped enable patients to live longer and more
actively. However, it’s crucial that patients remain adherent to their
therapy programs in order to minimize COPD exacerbations.
According to Dr. Teofilo Lee-Chiong, chief medical liaison at Philips,
“COPD often presents challenges for patients to partake in daily
activities. While COPD is a chronic condition, it doesn’t need to be a
New advancements in connected care technology offer patients the
opportunity to help maintain their quality of life by receiving treatment at
home through remote monitoring. Connected care solutions also provide
patients with a strong support network, allowing local care teams to keep
patients motivated and assist with day-to-day activities.
Adjusting to a COPD Diagnosis
If you or a loved one is living with COPD, a diagnosis can be a lot to
take in. In addition to being adherent to therapy, Dr. Lee-Chiong believes
that with a positive outlook and an active lifestyle, COPD patients can take
back control of their lives.
Among Dr. Lee-Chiong’s tips, he recommends:
• Having a positive mind-set—It’s important to have a
positive outlook on the disease and to understand that the key to remaining
active lies within yourself.
• Defining your goals—Continue to ask yourself what you want
to accomplish. Start by setting short-term and long-term goals.
• Maintaining a healthy lifestyle—Sustaining a healthy diet
with proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercising is key. A poor diet can
make symptoms worse and can negatively affect your ability to exercise and
remain active. While exercise may seem challenging, start with enhancing
strength, endurance and flexibility by breaking down tasks into smaller parts
and scheduling frequent rest periods.
• Giving it time—Progress doesn’t happen overnight, but
with exercise and a healthy diet, your strength and endurance can recover and
your quality of life can improve.
• Knowing your options—Educate yourself about the available
treatment options to manage your COPD symptoms and work with your care
provider to develop a therapy regimen that’s tailored to fit the level
of activity you wish to maintain in your lifestyle.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed, or is experiencing
symptoms of COPD, visit www.Philips.com/COPD-Health-Awareness.
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“COPD is a progressive,
life-threatening disease—but there is hope, says Dr. Teofilo
Lee-Chiong, chief medical liaison at Philips. http://bit.ly/2QbARoi”
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