November is National COPD Awareness Month: Do I Have COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD is a serious, debilitating disease that causes one death every four minutes. COPD is a disease that makes breathing a difficult chore. Sometimes referred to as chronic bronchitis or emphysema, COPD is caused by partially blocked airways. This condition makes it difficult to move air in and out of the lungs and results in labored breathing.

Are you concerned that you may have COPD? Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is breathing difficult for you? Even when doing a simple task, like light housecleaning?
  2. Are you a smoker?
  3. Do you have a constant, nagging cough?
  4. Do you cough up large amount of mucous on a regular basis?
  5. Do you feel like you can’t breathe?
  6. Are you unable to take a deep breath?
  7. Do you make a wheezing sound when you do breathe?
  8. Do you avoid doing activities you used to because you can’t catch your breath?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to see your doctor about COPD. While there is no cure for COPD, there are treatments that can greatly reduce your symptoms and help you live a happier life with a new breath of fresh air. Treatment options range from medications to physical therapy. Talk with your doctor to find the option that is right for you.

At Denton Regional, we offer state of the art screening technology and high quality treatment that you can count on. To learn more about Denton Regional’s services, please us online or contact us here.

Sources:

About COPD. (NHLBI-NIH)

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