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Do You Know COPD?

10 Nov 2015
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Do You Know COPD?

Do You Know COPD?

November is COPD Awareness Month, and World COPD Day is November 18, 2015. How well do you know COPD? Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD is a chronic inflammatory disease that obstructs airflow in the lungs. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common diseases contributing to COPD. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and increased mucus production. COPD is usually caused by smoking; however, long-term exposure to irritating chemicals and pollutants are also causes. COPD is more common than you might think. The American Lung Association states that COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

According to the COPD in America 2015 online survey, insights were gathered from over 1,700 people currently diagnosed with COPD, Emphysema or Chronic Bronchitis. The goal of the survey was to give an accurate picture of the impact of COPD to bring about greater awareness.

Of people surveyed, 78% were female, 22% were male, and the majority were over the age of 50. 64% of respondents claimed they wished they had known more about how COPD would affect them. 36% wanted information about how to better handle the stigma associated with having COPD, and 17% sought information about support groups for their emotional well-being.

A staggering 87% of people surveyed indicated they couldn’t do as much as they did before the COPD diagnosis, and 67% mentioned they had difficulty completing daily chores and participating in strenuous activities. More than half of the people had to cut back on their favorite hobbies and social activities.

Now having to cope with their diagnosis, 65% of people surveyed voiced fear about the long term complications of COPD, 67% expressed feelings of blame and regret, and 78% wished they had done things differently. 29% said they feel alone and 21% stated they felt as though others resent them because they are unable to do as much. In addition, nearly one third of people surveyed think that others don’t believe the severity of their symptoms.

Sleep and rest became more difficult for 89% of people surveyed with 79% stating they experience frequent fatigue. One in three of those surveyed report having a caregiver, usually their spouse or child. For emotional support and to assist them with daily tasks, the majority of people surveyed relied on their caregivers, but 19% wished they had more help from family and friends.

43% of those surveyed reported experiencing financial strains. The survey showed that 22% of people were employed but only 15% were employed full-time. Of the employed people, 21% said they had to limit their work schedules. Given the impact of COPD, 28% of people were on disability and 40% were completely retired. Over one third of the people surveyed wished more resources were available in their communities.

Join us on Twitter @LungInstitute with the #COPDAwarenessMonth to engage in the movement to bring greater awareness to COPD and treatment options.

If you or a loved one has COPD, contact the Lung Institute to learn more about possible stem cell treatment options by calling (800) 729-3065.


  1. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Kay,

    Unfortunately at this stage it is not. However, many of our patients have been able to find the resources necessary to get treatment through the help and expertise of our patient coordinators. Please feel free to contact us at 1-855-313-1149 for more information.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Bobbie,

    First and foremost we’d like to say thank you for your courage in sharing your story. COPD can be a debilitating disease, but there is hope. Please reach out to one of our patient coordinators at 1-855-313-1149 for more information.

    Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you,
    The Lung Institute

  3. kay jackson

    2 years ago

    Im interested in stem cell treatment. Is it covered by medicare and medicaid?

  4. Bobbie N Miller

    2 years ago

    I was diagnosed with COPD and Emphysema about 1 1/2yrs. I quit smoking in 1993. Had lung cancer in 1996, however the surgeon said that type of cancer was not caused from smoking. He took my bottom lomb on the bottom left off and that is all. Now I can hardly do anything. In fact I don’t want to do anything. I would love to know more about the stem cell treatment. How long has that been a possibility for someone with COPD. Thanks

  5. Hiroko Ruckel

    2 years ago

    I was diagnosed COPD 9 months ago and never smoked before. I am very interested in Stem
    cells therapy, but my doctor, lung specialist, never mentioned anything but tells me just take SEEBRI everyday and there’s no cure for this condition. I live in Australia and want to get more information.

  6. PB

    2 years ago

    Hi, Patrick,

    Thank you for your comment and for sharing some of your story. Check out our testimonials page to hear success stories from some of our past patients. For more information, please feel free to contact us at 1-855-313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon,

    The Lung Institute

  7. I’m very interested in the above mentioned stem cell research and side effects if any in the treatment of this disease . I was diagnosed about six months ago and am surprised because I stopped smoking at age 19 because my father had emphysema . But if there is a way through stem cells therapy to rejuvenate new lung cells and tissue that would be a miricale in my eyes !

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