Saturday, 26 March 2011

Things to do if you have been diagnosed with COPD

Here is a quick checklist of some do's and dont's:

1. Co-ordinate your care with your doctor
2. Do NOT smoke! Smoking accelerates the lung damage. (this measure extends life). seek help to quit.
3. If you have been placed on home oxygen make sure you use it (this measure extends life)
4. Controllers (steroids and long acting agents to be used daily), see which long acting agent is better! Spiriva versus Serevent.
5. Rescue inhalers (albuterol, combivent when breathing is worse)
6. Recognize symptoms of COPD exacerbation-seek medical attention.
7. Eat healthy.
8. Get seasonal flu vaccines every year and the pneumonia shot.
9. Pulmonary rehabilitation.

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      1. Probably smoking is the considered to be the major cause of COPD. stem cell for copd