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Aging well at home has never been easier.
Services like AgeRight Care at Home help you get back to the life you love after you’ve had surgery or an accident or just need some friendly assistance with meal prep, housekeeping and medication management.
That help is especially welcome when conditions like COPD make moving around your home difficult, even painful.
And because COPD is on the rise, it’s important for all of us to know what it is, recognize the early symptoms, the causes, and how to live with it.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a variety of lung diseases that make breathing difficult, due to the inflammation of the lungs. COPD affects almost 330 million people in the world and in a few years is expected to be one of the leading causes of death.
The culprit? Smoking and exposure to other pollutants, but even nonsmokers can get COPD.
While there’s no cure, we can fight back with knowledge. So, in this blog, let’s get your top questions about COPD answered so you can get on to living your best life!
#1 How do I avoid getting COPD?
#2 How do I recognize the symptoms of COPD?
Discomfort and pain. Imagine feeling like your lungs are tightly constricted, unable to adequately take in and push out air. That’s one of the more obvious and painful red flags for COPD. Here are more:
If you feel any of those symptoms, contact your doctor immediately and ask for a COPD test, called a spirometry. It’s fast and simple. Using a mouthpiece, you take in your biggest breath possible then blow that breath out as hard as you can. Check out this video to see what you can expect. And learn more about identifying COPD in this Marquis blog.
#3 If I’m diagnosed with COPD, what is my treatment?
Along with your doctor’s recommendations, you can adopt the Marquis Deep Breathing Program, easy steps developed by our own healthcare professionals. Get started right away and do it daily.
#4 What does it mean to know my COPD “Zone”?
If you have COPD, it’s important to pause twice a day and check how you’re doing. You can identify them in colors in this COPD Action Plan but here are the definitions of each zone.
Finally, one of the best ways to stay healthy if you have COPD is to stay up to date on your vaccinations. Join us next month, when we cover all you need to know about which vaccines and when to get them. Happy Thanksgiving!