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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)   - Managing Your COPD

Managing Your COPD

Self-Care

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  • Flu Quiz

    What’s True About the Flu? Take a look at the influenza virus under a microscope, and you'll see a funny-looking spiked ball, much like the famous Russian satellite Sputnik. But if you've ever been f...

  • Pneumonia Vaccine Quiz

    How Much Do You Know About the Pneumonia Vaccine? Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that is more common in older adults, infants, young children, and some people with chronic health problems. A v...

Immunizations

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  • Pneumonia and Influenza

    Pneumonia and Influenza Flu and pneumonia are respiratory illnesses that should not be taken lightly. In the U.S., pneumonia and the flu combined are the eighth leading cause of death. Older adults a...

  • Influenza (Flu)

    Influenza (Flu) What is influenza (flu)? Influenza (or flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory tract infection. An estimated 5 to 20 percent of people in the U.S. get influenza each year. Influ...

  • COPD Tests Worksheet

    COPD Tests Worksheet Below is a list of tests and assessments that you need. Provide the information requested to see how well you are managing your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Infl...

  • Pneumonia

    Pneumonia Respiratory System - Click to Enlarge What is pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection of one or both of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or chemical irritants. It is a serious inf...

Healthy Eating

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  • COPD: The Benefits of Mini-Meals

    COPD: The Benefits of Mini-Meals The muscles you use to breath have to work harder because you have COPD. They use more energy so you need may need to eat more calories to supply the energy they need...

  • COPD: Managing Sodium and Potassium Intake

    COPD: Managing Sodium and Potassium Intake When you have COPD, healthy eating habits are critical for feeling your best. Two nutrients you should be aware of are sodium and potassium. Below are the w...

  • COPD: Heartburn Is Common

    COPD: Heartburn Is Common Many people have symptoms of heartburn after eating. They may experience nausea, feel as though food is coming back up the throat, or vomit. When these symptoms occur often,...

  • COPD: Good Nutrition Is Important

    COPD: Good Nutrition Is Important How much do you know about eating well with COPD? Put your knowledge to the test and see whether you know the answers to these questions. Does sodium intake affect C...

  • COPD and Nutritional Needs

    COPD and Nutritional Needs There are many reasons why people with COPD benefit from a well-balanced, healthy diet. Good nutrition equips the body to fight infection. It gives you energy to breathe ef...

Being Active

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  • COPD: Boost Your Strength with Exercise

    COPD: Boost Your Strength with Exercise Regular exercise can make it easier for you to breathe. It strengthens the muscles you use to inhale and exhale. It can also help your body use oxygen more eff...

  • COPD: Finding the Hidden Joys of Exercise

    COPD: Finding the Hidden Joys of Exercise If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), your health care team has probably told you that exercise can help improve or maintain your physica...

  • Overcoming Exercise Barriers With COPD

    Overcoming Exercise Barriers With COPD Even though many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) want to exercise, one of the most difficult tasks is getting over barriers that keep t...

Smoking Cessation

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  • COPD: A Quit-Smoking Plan

    COPD: A Quit-Smoking Plan You’ve probably heard that one of the best ways to manage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is to stop smoking. It’s no secret that it’s a tough habit to break. T...

  • Smoking: Truth and Consequences

    Smoking: Truth and Consequences Thinking about giving up cigarettes? If you’ve tried before without success, you may feel unsure about whether you can quit for good. You may also wonder how to prepar...

Emotional Support

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  • COPD: End-of-Life Care

    COPD: End-of-Life Care Most people have never talked with their loved ones about how they’d like to be cared for at the end of their life. It’s an important talk to have, especially for those living ...

  • COPD: Coping with Stress

    COPD: Coping with Stress Life can be full of stress, especially when you’re managing a health condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Just living every day with the symptoms o...

  • COPD: How Can I Get a Good Night’s Sleep?

    COPD: How Can I Get a Good Night’s Sleep? It’s common for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to have trouble sleeping. According to the American Thoracic Society, close to 50 pe...

  • COPD: Tips for Easier Dressing

    COPD: Tips for Easier Dressing When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), even getting dressed can sometimes seem like a challenge, especially in the morning when symptoms can be the...

  • Help for COPD and Depression

    Help for COPD and Depression Having a chronic condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can lead to depression. Having depression can keep you from sticking to your disease-man...

  • If I Have COPD, Can I Drink?

    If I Have COPD, Can I Drink? If you're wondering whether it's OK to have an occasional alcoholic drink, check with your health care provider. A small amount of alcohol—such as a single beer or glass ...