The Importance of Understanding COPD
Posted: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 1:01 pm | Updated: 2:30 am, Wed Mar 8, 2017.
(BPT) - Breathe in. Breathe out. Just take a moment to inhale and exhale. We too often take breathing for granted, but what if taking a breath was a challenge?
If you’re someone living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the third leading cause of death in the United States (US), or know someone living with this chronic respiratory disease, breathing challenges may impact how you live your life. As of 2010, there were more than 14 million people identified as having COPD in the US, and another estimated 12 million people who remain undiagnosed.
In an effort to celebrate life and the important role that breathing plays within it, AstraZeneca has partnered with New York City-based filmmaker Erlendur Sveinsson to produce Ode to Breathing. Ode to Breathing is a documentary-style short film that strings together brief vignettes, providing a moving look at people doing an ordinary yet profound thing: breathing. It can be found online at http://www.odetobreathing.com/www.odetobreathing.com.
People living with COPD or their caregivers can consider the following tips when thinking about respiratory health.
1. Keep an eye on symptom changes. Early COPD detection can impact disease management, which makes it important to monitor for changes in your breathing and recognize symptoms such as shortness of breath while performing daily activities, chronic cough, fatigue and wheezing.
2. Remember, COPD in many cases is preventable. Risk factors to be aware of may include smoking tobacco (including second-hand or passive exposure); indoor air pollution (such as solid fuel used for cooking and heating); outdoor air pollution; occupational dusts and chemicals (vapors, irritants and fumes); and frequent lower respiratory infections during childhood.
3. Stay inspired and educated. Visit Ode to Breathing at http://www.odetobreathing.com/www.odetobreathing.com and watch the inspirational video and access available helpful resources for COPD patients. One such resource is a free e-book that mayhelp people with respiratory illnesses breathe easier with breathing exercises, tips for making day-to-day activities like chores easier, and ways to manage breathing challenges while at work or traveling.
4. Don’t be afraid to speak with your doctor. If you think you or a loved one may be experiencing COPD symptoms, speak to a healthcare provider to determine what options are available to help you breathe easier to help you enjoy life’s simple moments.
If you are curious, need help either as a COPD patient or care provider for a loved one, or just want to be educated about COPD you are Welcome to join our Group COPD! Ask questions, tell us how you feel, share information you have learned or just read and know that you are not alone!
Sadly, 50% of our Community will at some time in their lifetime will be diagnosed with COPD. In fact for every one of us that has been diagnosed there is another who has not been diagnosed but does have COPD! Find out the symptoms and if you have smoked more than 100 Sickerettes in your Lifetime then ask your Doctor for a Spirometry Test!
Breathing is Important for all of us!