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18 COPD Facts for World COPD Day.

18 Facts for World COPD Day

COPD impacts more than 65 million people around the world. Experts predict that this number will continue to increase globally over the next 50 years. In the U.S. alone, more than 6% of the population are affected by this condition – not to mention the effects on their families, loved ones, and caregivers.

In honor of World COPD Day today on November 18, we’ve gathered 18 important facts about COPD, to help our community raise awareness about the condition.

We will be updating Twitter with these facts throughout the day using the hashtag #worldCOPDday. To help spread awareness, please feel free to like, share, retweet, and/or comment on any or all 18 of these topics!

  1. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It actually describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to breathe.
  2. To identify a person’s COPD stage, healthcare providers use special breathing tests called “spirometry.”
  3. Up to 15 million US adults have a diagnosis of COPD.
  4. Each patient’s personal COPD treatment plan is unique, because each patient can have a different medical history and set of current symptoms.
  5. Morning headaches are a symptom of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for many people living with the condition.
  6. COPD costs the country around $30 billion dollars a year in healthcare expenses.
  7. 3 key symptoms that may be signs that a person has COPD are: shortness of breath, persistent cough, and increase in mucus.
  8. A COPD patient’s personal treatment plan includes advice about lifestyle changes, medications, or breathing therapy options that are the best for that stage of the condition.
  9. For people with COPD, taking part in a pulmonary rehabilitation program can be very helpful.
  10. Oxygen therapy is a type of treatment used by some patients with COPD. It is sometimes called “supplemental oxygen.”
  11. Most COPD patients have symptoms of both emphysema, as well as chronic bronchitis.
  12. Some COPD patients use natural remedies as “complementary” therapies to help reduce COPD symptoms.
  13. A key part of one’s pulmonary rehab program is learning special breathing strategies.
  14. Not only smokers get COPD – there are other causes that can put non-smokers at risk as well.
  15. A patient’s COPD treatment team can include: primary care physician, pulmonologist, respiratory therapist, dietician/nutritionist, exercise specialist, and a therapist or counselor.
  16. COPD is a relatively common condition, with millions of people living with it around the world.
  17. COPD can make things harder. But life can still be fun.
  18. By managing symptoms effectively and avoiding exposure to irritants that cause further lung damage, a person with COPD can significantly improve his or her quality of life going forward.

There’s so much more to understand about COPD beyond what we have on our list. We hope you will continue to be a part of our community and share stories and spread awareness about COPD.