Top 5 Cities to Live in with COPD
Is Your Hometown COPD Friendly?
There is more than just air quality to study when considering if your town is friendly to someone living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The top 5 cities to live in with COPD are judged based on the availability of hospitals and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Of course, air quality is up there too.
5. St. George, Utah
A low amount of pollution and dry climate make a great combination for COPD patients. Also, St. George boasts a very low COPD rate of 3 percent. In addition, Intermountain Healthcare operates a pulmonary rehabilitation program in the area.
4. Cheyenne, Wyoming
It can get a bit cold in Cheyenne during the winter. It would not be a bad idea to head south for the winter if you have COPD and live in Wyoming, but the clean air is well worth it. The EPA ranked Cheyenne as having the second cleanest air in the United States. Having a good number of medical centers makes Cheyenne number 4 on the list.
3. Naples, Florida
This area of Southwest Florida is quickly growing. The weather is cool in the winters and, although quite warm in the summer, being close to the Gulf of Mexico makes for a breezy escape from the heat. The EPA ranked Naples in the top 20 cleanest cities and a large number of medical centers and rehabilitation centers also add to the allure for COPD patients.
2. Prescott, Arizona
Prescott tops the EPA’s list as having the cleanest air in the United States. Just outside of Flagstaff, this city offers a limited number of hospitals and rehabilitation centers, but the clean air makes up for it. Prescott has a climate that may fluctuate throughout the day, but is neither too hot nor too cold.
1. Fayetteville, Arkansas
The best place in the Unites States to live with COPD is Fayetteville, Arkansas. This community offers a lot of support for COPD patients, like multiple hospitals and rehabilitation centers, and even a community outreach program. The EPA ranks the cleanliness of the air as high and the climate is agreeable for COPD patients.
Living with COPD is difficult. Managing the symptoms of a lung disease depends on more than just medication. Increase the success of your COPD treatments by making sure that you live in an area that will compliment your efforts.
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