There is a lot you can do to help yourself, and to potentially slow the progression of the disease. Taking an active interest in managing your disease can help improve the quality of your life, and minimize the impact that COPD has on your enjoyment. If COPD is found early, there are steps you can take to prevent further lung damage and make you feel better.
- Stop smoking
- Do all you can to prevent exacerbations
- Don not under-estimate your symptoms. Go to the doctor if your breathing or coughing gets worse
- Have regular check-ups at the doctor. Most people with COPD should see their doctor every six months.
- Stay active and make sure you exercise regularly
BreathWorks™ is The Lung Association's national COPD program that offers practical information and support for people with COPD and for their families and caregivers. If you have COPD or if you know someone who has it – BreathWorks™ can help.
To speak to a Certified Respiratory Educator, please call our toll free BreathWorks Helpline at 1-866-717-COPD (2673).