November is COPD Awareness Month
Chronic lower respiratory disease - of which COPD is the biggest component - is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
5 Ways to Prevent COPD
Healthy lifestyle habits can help you keep your lungs healthy;
- Stop smoking
- Avoid secondhand smoke
- Avoid air pollution
- Avoid occupational exposures
- Know your family history COPD
Symptoms: When to Talk to Your Doctor
Now that you know the risks, you need to know the symptoms. COPD symptoms include a cough that produces lots of mucous (smoker's cough), shortness of breath (especially during exercise), wheezing, and tightness in your chest.
In need of a Pulmonary care specialist? Visit our Pulmonary Care page to find a provider.