If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, chances are you may feel overwhelmed. Most likely you’ve been experiencing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or tightness in your chest. Depending on the severity of the symptoms you experience, you may or may not need to use an inhaler, oral medication or oxygen. If you’re seeking tips to feel better despite your diagnosis, read on.
The majority of COPD is caused by cigarette smoke. Whether you yourself smoke or you’ve been exposed to second hand smoke, it is detrimental to your health.
Some of the most popular options to quit smoking are nicotine patches, nicotine gum or stopping cold turkey. Recently, e-cigarettes or vaping have become another alternative to quit smoking tobacco, but the jury is still out on the safety of such devices.
Up Your Activity Level:
Most medical professionals recommend exercising a minimum of three times per week to improve symptoms associated with COPD. Upping one’s activity level helps the body to improve circulation and strengthen the heart and cardiovascular system, which in turn, helps the body to better use oxygen.
Keep a Positive Attitude:
A recent study uncovered a correlation between those with COPD and a high rate of depression. While this can be a scary diagnosis, there are a variety of treatment options available to help cope with symptoms of depression.
Consider a Research Study:
From inhalers to oral medication to oxygen tanks, the search for better treatment options for COPD is in high need. A research opportunity for those with COPD is now taking place in your area. Research participants will receive hands-on care from medical professionals as well as an opportunity to receive a new treatment for the condition. No insurance is needed, and compensation is provided. Learn more below.
Click here to learn more and apply for this study online!