Health Tip: Manage COPD Symptoms07/21/11
(HealthDay News) -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
is an umbrella term for chronic lung diseases that can severely
undermine breathing. Examples include chronic bronchitis or
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute offers these
suggestions for helping you manage COPD symptoms:
- Avoid things that are irritating to the lungs, such as
cigarette smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes and dust.
- Work with your doctor for ongoing care and treatment. Continue
to take COPD medications exactly as prescribed.
- Be prepared for a health emergency. Contact your doctor if
- Discuss with your doctor any COPD-related anxiety, depression
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