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Is COPD affecting your quality of life? The time to act is now.
So You’ve Been Diagnosed with COPD
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, we here at the Lung Institute understand how devastating that news can be. Whether the disease develops as a result of smoking, working conditions, or secondhand smoke, the gradual decline in quality of life is a pain felt by all.
Stages and Lifestyle Impediments
As we’ve mentioned previously, COPD can be broken into Four Stages with initial symptoms of the disease causing mild symptoms such as shortness of breath. These four stages of COPD are characterized as:
- Stage 1
- Mild symptoms such as shortness of breath with little if any coughing or mucus build-up. Many people go undiagnosed at this stage.
- Stage 2
- Shortness of breath has worsened, becoming moderate or severe when exerting oneself. Coughing or mucus build-up may not be evident at this stage. This is typically the stage most people are diagnosed.
- Stage 3
- Shortness of breath is now severe. Although coughing or mucus build-up may not be evident, exercise is extremely difficult. This is typically where sufferers see a sharp contrast between their current and previous quality of life.
- Stage 4
- In this final and most advanced stage, shortness of breath becomes a continuous . Medical intervention at this stage is necessary if one wishes to extend and improve their quality of life.
Analyzing the Data
As the graph illustrates, early intervention is critical to preserving one’s quality of life as the adverse health effects and symptoms accumulate over time. By taking charge of one’s own health and seeking treatment it’s possible to preserve a better quality of life and add time to one’s lifespan.
COPD has no cure, but there are treatment options available that work to improve one’s quality of life. Currently, natural remedies such as Salt Therapy, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Herbs show promise in easing COPD flare ups.
A Time for Change
Although homeopathic remedies may improve one’s day-to-day life, they are not treatments; they may help but they will not heal. One notable treatment that has been found to be effective by patients in improving quality of life has been cell therapy.
COPD can be a debilitating disease if left untreated, gradually eroding the quality of life you or your loved one once enjoyed. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD or other lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of regenerative cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for cell therapy.
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