The official blog of the Lung Institute.
So here’s the good news, you finally have an answer to the various symptoms you’ve been experiencing lately. The chronic coughing, mild wheezing and shortness of breath have all lead back to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) being the culprit. Now that you have been diagnosed with COPD, what do you do next?
According to the American Lung Association, 12 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, with the number likely to increase in the next 10 years. COPD is a serious lung disease that over time makes it harder to breathe. This lung disease has also been called emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Once you have been diagnosed with COPD though, there are many ways that you and your physician can work together to manage the symptoms of the disease and improve your quality of life.
Currently there is no cure for this condition, but early treatment is one of the key ingredients to relieving the effects of COPD. In fact, earlier treatment can significantly impact the course of the disease. Here are a few things that you should do next after being diagnosed with COPD:
Do some research and try to understand everything you can about this disease. There is helpful information available from healthy food tips to COPD support groups.
- Talk to and Visit Your Physician Often
Probably one the most important things you can do after diagnosis is to talk to your physician. Your doctor will help you to understand your COPD condition further and provide you with a course of treatment tailored to your symptoms.
Medications may include the use of oxygen, inhaled steroids or bronchodilators (inhalers). If diagnosed early, treatment can be very beneficial and help control the course of symptoms of COPD.
- Quit Smoking
If you smoke, then the best thing that you can do to help your COPD is to quit immediately. This will help prevent even more damage to your lungs. There are tips available to quit smoking.
COPD is a life-threatening illness that can’t be cured, but it can be effectively treated. Early diagnosis and timely treatment are crucial to helping control symptoms of COPD. Stem cell treatment is also a viable option for sufferers of COPD or other forms of lung disease. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with COPD, then contact us or call (800) 729-3065 today for more information.