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Deborah Leader, RN

COPD Exacerbation: Prevention is Paramount

By February 20, 2013

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Sadly, the mother of a very dear friend of mine passed away yesterday after being hospitalized for COPD exacerbation. A COPD exacerbation is a period of time when COPD symptoms worsen, so much so, that hospitalization is sometimes necessary. All too often, patients suffering from an exacerbation succumb to the symptoms and never return home.

Because of the seriousness of an exacerbation, it's important that people with COPD learn to recognize exacerbation symptoms which include:

  • Increased cough and sputum production
  • Change in the color and/or thickness of the sputum
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Fever

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to my dear friend, and anyone else who is grieving over the loss of a loved one who has died from COPD. Through prevention, both of COPD and COPD exacerbation, lives can be saved and no one else will have to endure the suffering that goes along with living with this disease.

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