10 facts you should know about COPD

COPD stands for Chronical Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD is long term disease often caused by smoking. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

The symptoms of COPD include : a cough that lasts a long time or coughing up "stuff', feeling short of breath, especially when you are making an effort, many lung infections that last a long time.

A "smoker" cough is not normal, if you have a cough that last 3 weeks or longer, you should talk to your doctor.

COPD can be diagnosed with a simple breathing test called spirometry.

When COPD is diagnosed early, it's easier to manage. If you don't get diagnosed early, it will be harder to treat and you will have more symptoms and more lung damage.

Most COPD can be prevented by not smoking and staying away from second-hand smoke.

COPD  is the 4th cause of the death in Canada.

COPD lung attacks are the 1st cause of the hospital admission.

You can exercise with COPD.

The lung association has a free, confidential helpline : 1-866-717-2673.


World COPD day

The world COPD day has existed since 2002. It is organized jointly with the health professionals and groups patient with COPD in more than 50 countries around the world, including Canada.

This year the day will be November 20, 2013 and will revolve around the theme "It's not too late".

This theme includes people suffering from symptoms of COPD, people diagnosed with COPD and doctors.

For people with syptoms who have not been diagnosed: "It's not too late" to ask your doctor about spirometry if you are short of breath.

For patient with COPD: "It's not too late" to live an active life.

For doctors: If you care for people with COPD, "It's not too late" to help your patient breath better.


For more information visit : www.goldcopd.org  


Living with COPD

Different aspects of life may change when you have COPD. Specialists have tried to find solutions and found some ideas that may help people with the disease. They have established that by following some tips, their lifestyle would be healthier and fully satisfactory. It is recommended to eat healthy and diverse. Exercise regularly. However, it is best to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Conserve your energy, prioritize and plan your activities around your capabilities. Accomplish your tasks at your own pace. Practice a good breathing technique during activity requiring a little more effort will help you to recover better.

Following these tips does not mean that it will cure the disease, but you’ll have a better quality of life. For more information, please visit the Canadian Lung Association under “Living with COPD”.