BE aware : Prevent COPD Before It Starts
Screening and Prevention of COPD
on this day 20th November, World COPD Day is celebrated all
over the world. COPD is not one single disease but an umbrella term used to
describe chronic lung diseases that cause limitations in lung airflow. Life
with COPD can be difficult. It’s a progressive condition, which means there is
currently no cure and everyday tasks can become a challenge.
a document of NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National
Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.) COPD, or
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it
hard to breathe. Progressive means the disease gets worse over time.
You can take steps to prevent COPD before it starts. If you
already have COPD, you can take steps to prevent complications and slow the
progression of the disease.
Prevent COPD Before It Starts
The best way to prevent COPD is to not start smoking or to
quit smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD. If you smoke, talk with
your doctor about programs and products that can help you quit.
If you have trouble quitting smoking on your own, consider
joining a support group. Many hospitals, workplaces, and community groups offer
classes to help people quit smoking. Ask your family members and friends to
support you in your efforts to quit.
Also, try to avoid lung irritants that can contribute to
COPD, such as air pollution, chemical fumes, dusts, and secondhand smoke, which
is smoke in the air from other people smoking.
(Note – This news is not a medical consultation
in any case. You can not make any decision based on this news story. Do not
become a doctor yourself, consult a qualified doctor.)
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Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood
Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human