November 2015 Newsletter
Coughing. Wheezing. Shortness of Breath.
For many people familiar with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it may be clear that these are symptoms. But to many more people nationwide, these signs can seem to be from a common cold, being out of shape, just getting older. Therefore, they may be less likely to bring these symptoms up to their health care provider because they don’t think it matters. At the same time, providers may not know their patients are dealing with these problems. As a result, many Americans that have COPD go undiagnosed, and their quality of life worsens unnecessarily.
COPD is a serious lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. Also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. Symptoms include constant coughing (smoker’s cough), shortness of breath during typical daily activities, wheezing, inability to take deep breaths, excessive sputum production and feeling like you can’t breathe. If you or someone you know has these symptoms the best next step you can take is to talk to your doctor or health care provider.