Image

2:15 PM / Sunday August 18, 2019

15 Apr 2016

Learn More, Breathe Better– Early intervention key to preventing and managing COPD

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
April 15, 2016 Category: Health Posted by:

Family Features

Only a few years ago, about one third of the population had not heard of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), despite its status as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now, nearly a decade later, awareness of COPD is on the rise.

Because one key to managing COPD is early intervention, the more people are familiar with the symptoms, the greater the chances for earlier diagnosis and starting a treatment plan to help improve quality of life.

COPD is a serious respiratory disease that over time makes it increasingly difficult to breathe. In people with COPD, airways – tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs – become partially blocked. When severe, COPD can make the most basic of activities, such as taking a walk, doing light housework or even washing and dressing oneself, a challenge. Increased awareness of COPD is an important part of early detection and treatment efforts, as more than 15 million people are currently diagnosed with the disease in the United States and it is estimated that millions more have it without realizing.

About half of both primary care physicians and nurse practitioners cite the challenge of patients not fully disclosing symptoms as a barrier to diagnosis. Many people suffering from the signs of COPD – such as shortness of breath, chronic cough and wheezing – often chalk them up to seasonal allergies, the common cold or simply consequences of growing older. Luckily, in 2015, among those who have exhibited the symptoms, about three-quarters indicated they had spoken to their health care providers about these breathing issues, according to the results of the annual DocStyles and HealthStyles surveys of public health attitudes, knowledge, practices and lifestyle habits conducted each year by Porter Novelli. A majority of patients left these discussions with simple action items intended to help them manage their symptoms and prevent them from worsening.

One-in-seven American adults know someone suffering from the symptoms. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, encourages anyone at risk to become familiar with COPD and talk to a health care provider as soon as possible. Early detection and intervention can greatly help improve outcomes.

Image

Despite being the third leading cause of death, COPD, also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, is by no means a death sentence. While at present there is no cure, a variety of treatment options exist that can lead to an improved quality of life. For more information and resources, visit COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov, NHLBI’s COPD Learn More Breathe Better program.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Commentary

AlawfulTruth: The land of milk and honey, or a pot of worries?

August 16, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email By Andrea Lawful Sanders There seems to be assumptions made by many Americans...

Go With The-Flo

Kerry Washington has honored with an “Artistic Achievement Award” at the Jamaican Marquee 57th Independence Black Tie Gala

August 9, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO:  Kerry Washington (Photo: Tinseltown / shutterstock) By Florence Anthony According to reports,...

Entertainment

Recovery Idol: Building Self Esteem

August 16, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: On the left is Dr. Arthur Evans, former Commissioner of the...

Health

Poll Shows Impact of Opioid Crisis on Philadelphians and Their Neighborhoods

August 16, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email 29% know someone killed by drug use; 41% say opioids hurt quality of...

Food And Beverage

How to create a charcuterie board for your next party

August 16, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT Planning a party doesn’t have to be difficult. Instead of agonizing over...

Horoscopes

SUNscopes for the week of Aug. 18

August 16, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email All Signs: Just a few days left of Leo then swoosh! We’re into...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff