Inhaling and exhaling is a daily struggle for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This podcast discusses how to manage COPD. Created: 3/26/2015 by MMWR.
Date Released: 3/26/2015. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Take a Breath
Employment and Activity Limitations Among Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease — United States, 2013
Recorded: March 24, 2015; posted: March 26, 2015
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Most people take breathing for granted. But for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, inhaling and exhaling is a daily struggle. COPD includes a group of respiratory conditions, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Common symptoms are shortness of breath, coughing, and excess mucous production.
People with COPD are often unable to work or limited in daily activities, such as walking, running errands, or working around the house.
Although there’s no cure, COPD can be managed with medications and pulmonary rehabilitation. People with COPD who smoke are strongly encouraged to quit.
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