COPD is a progressive lung disease that worsens over time, caused by damage to the lungs which makes it hard to breathe. It is often made up of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Many people experience symptoms for years before getting officially diagnosed. By this point, damage to the lungs has already occurred.
For people who have COPD, less air flows in and out of the airway as the disease damages the lungs and creates more lung-clogging mucus. More people are diagnosed with the disease each year
What to do about it: The key to managing COPD is preventing exacerbations, or symptom flare-ups. Long-acting beta agonists are maintenance medications that can help improve lung function and provide consistent, ongoing relief.
If shortness of breath is persistent and prevents routine activities, oxygen therapy may help activity level increase, and may extend life in many cases.
Shortness of breath is a common symptom of COPD. There are many ways to help:
If you are living with COPD, American HomePatient is happy to help. We will partner with your physician to find the right therapies to keep you out of the hospital and as active as possible. COPD can be hard to live with. It helps to have a respiratory expert on your side, supporting your health and helping you live more comfortably with your disease. Rely on American HomePatient to help you manage your COPD.