November is National COPD Awareness Month, which is when the focus is on educating people about COPD.
An estimated 11 million Americans suffer from COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and several million other Americans likely have it and don’t know it.
Early diagnosis and treatment can help people with COPD live a higher quality of life and health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the symptoms of COPD are:
- Frequent coughing or wheezing
- Excess phlegm or sputum
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble taking a deep breath
COPD is diagnosed by taking a simple breathing test called spirometry. Treatment includes medication, pulmonary rehabilitation, and supplemental oxygen.
You can find out more information on COPD at the COPD Foundation’s Facebook page.