A diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, can seem like devastating news. A life with COPD is different from a life without the condition, and coping with these changes is a significant challenge to overcome. The good news is that people with COPD continue to live active, full lives. But you may have a lot of questions about your disease. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. “Progressive” means the disease gets worse over time. COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.
by Jay Balachandran, MD, and Mihaela Teodorescu, MD
Good quality sleep is important for everyone. However, people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may have sleep issues that can lead to nighttime awakenings and daytime sleepiness. This can worsen their symptoms of asthma or COPD. Fortunately, there are a number of steps people with asthma or COPD can take to improve their sleep.
A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, but it is especially important for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Here are some tips for making lifestyle changes and developing healthy habits to live a more active life with COPD.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases, asthma.
In most cases, COPD completely changes a person’s life, and it is hard to adjust to a new way of being in the world. You may have been active for all of your life, and now you can’t do the things you once enjoyed.