Anyone who does not recognize the dangers of cigarette smoking , should think again. As stated before on numerous occasions, smoking is a destructive habit to you and those around you. In fact COPD or Chronic Pulmonary disease, is the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD is an illness that takes a person's life away, because the person loses their ability to breathe properly. One lung generally stops functioning properly. This disorder, also known as emphysema or bronchitis, can be characterized as having a lung that is barely functional. On the outside a person may look fine and it is easy tor the untrained eye to believe their chronic coughing may just be a cold or wind going down the wrong path, but this may not be truth. COPD has several symptoms including shortness of breath and consistent coughing. Your chances of having COPD increase over the age of 40 and if you have been exposed to chemicals or fumes through occupational dust, or genetics.
Today, according to the American Lung association, over 12 million people are diagnosed with this illness and the numbers are consistently rising. Many people die from this horrible disease because they are unaware that they may have a serious condition. They may attribute the symptoms with getting older or even worse, allergies.
In order to stop the epidemic of COPD, the first step is education. People need to understand that this is a serious condition that requires medication along with a change of life style. Anyone who thinks they may be suffering from COPD should consult with their health provider immediately. Although there is no cure, COPD is 100% preventable and treatable. If you have an uncontrollable cough and the quality of your life has consistently gone down, now is the time to head to the doctors office for a simple breathing test (or Spirometry). If you are diagnosed with COPD, do not worry, you doctor will provide you with the necessary details to live a healthy and productive life.
Symptoms of COPD
Dangers of Cigarette Smoke
- FOUR REASONS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COPD!
- COPD ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION
- COPD TREATMENTS
- MANAGING YOUR LIFESTYLE WITH COPD!
THE DANGERS OF SMOKING!
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