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The American Lung Association shares that in the United States chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—a lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe—is the third leading cause of death.
Sadly, although 11 million Americans have received a COPD diagnosis, the American Lung Association says that “millions more may have the disease without knowing it.” So, how do you know if you could potentially have COPD?
Symptoms of COPD
Although the only way to know for sure whether you have COPD is to go to the doctor and get a spirometry test and/or chest x-ray or CT, the COPD Foundation indicates that there are a few symptoms that could signal that your lungs are compromised.
Four of the most common are:
- Chronic cough (whether wet or dry)
- Shortness of breath that has gotten worse with time
- Unable to “keep up” with those within your age range
If you have any of these symptoms, then you may want to make a doctor’s appointment to see if you could potentially have COPD and not know it.
Additional COPD Factors
In addition to experiencing these symptoms, there are also two other factors that should prompt an appointment with your healthcare provider.
- A history of smoking
- Exposure to air pollutants long-term (this includes pollution, second-hand smoke, and low air quality in the workplace)
Because these are two primary causes of COPD, it wouldn’t hurt to at least talk to your doctor, especially if you’re also experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.
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