COPD Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which is a group of lung diseases that make it difficult to breathe. Although it is not curable, it is treatable, and steps can be taken to prevent more damage and maximize the function that remains. According to the American Lung Association, COPD is the third leading cause of death. The ALA also reports that more than 13.1 million adults are estimated to have COPD. Bronchitis is a form of COPD as well as Emphysema. Those at risk for COPD include people who’ve had increased exposure to irritants such as cigarette smoke. COPD is treatable but early detection is key to successful treatment. If you have any of the symptoms or exposures to risk factors mentioned in the sections below, talk to your doctor about them and request a Spirometry test.
• Chronic cough
• Shortness of breath while doing everyday activities (dyspnea)
• Frequent respiratory infections
• Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds (cyanosis)
• Producing a lot of mucus (also called phlegm or sputum)
The Major Benefits for Referring to Home Care for Managing COPD:
• Managing the COPD disease process at home
• Reducing the need for ER or Urgent Visits
• Reducing the risk of falls
• Helping implement a treatment plan created
• Increasing adherence to the treatment plan
If you know someone in the greater Cincinnati area that is being treated for COPD and needs in-home care call Queen City Elder Care at 513-510-4410.