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National COPD Month
There are a number of initiatives during the year that are worthy of drawing our attention. One such occurrence is National COPD Awareness Month. That is why throughout the month of November, the Lung Institute will be focusing on a series of blog posts dedicated to understanding anything and everything associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
This chronic disease is characterized by an obstruction of airflow into and out of the lungs that makes breathing very difficult for a millions of Americans. People suffering from COPD have trouble walking short distances and are especially susceptible to illnesses like pneumonia. Most patients also need supplemental oxygen support throughout the day. Sadly, there is no cure for COPD but treatment options are available to slow the progression of the disease and improve quality of life.
According to the American Lung Association, 24 million Americans currently suffer from COPD. The surprising fact is that only half of that number are actually diagnosed. Which is why throughout the month, we will be presenting a number of topics to inform you about the importance of COPD. Here are some the stories you can look forward to:
During National COPD Awareness Month, we encourage you stay informed about this disease and share what you’ve learned with at least one person. Share your story below or comment on our social media channels.