Frequently Asked Questions
What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD) is a disease that causes the lungs’ airways to become blocked, making it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs. COPD includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma.
What causes COPD?
Tobacco use and exposure is a major factor in the development and progression of COPD.
Who has COPD?
Everyone is at risk for getting COPD, particularly if you smoke.
How can Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease be prevented?
Early detection of COPD might alter its course and progress. Avoiding tobacco smoke, home and workplace air pollutants, and respiratory infections are key to preventing the initial development of COPD.
How can I find out if I have COPD?
A simple test can be used to measure pulmonary function and detect COPD in current and former smokers and anyone with respiratory problems. This test must be ordered by your doctor.
How is COPD treated?
Treatment of COPD requires a careful and thorough evaluation by a physician. The most important aspect of treatment is avoiding tobacco smoke and removing other air pollutants from the patient’s home or workplace. Your doctor will develop a treatment plan that will meet your needs.
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If you would like to speak with a nurse regarding more information about COPD, please call Total Health Care at 1-800-826-2862 or enroll in our free COPD Disease Management Program online.