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Can COPD Be Reversed?

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Updated February 15, 2013

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Question: Can COPD Be Reversed?
"Can COPD be reversed"? This is one of the most common questions asked about the disease.
Answer:

COPD is the third leading cause of death in this country, preceded only by that of heart disease and cancer. Most frequently caused by smoking and other airway irritants, the damage to the lungs caused by COPD is irreversible. But complying with COPD treatment and making important lifestyle changes can slow the progression of the disease, sometimes dramatically.

Join me as we explore how to implement these two important factors into your lifestyle:

Guidelines for COPD Treatment: COPD treatment is optimized for every stage of the disease, from GOLD I: Mild COPD to GOLD IV: Very Severe COPD. Does your treatment follow the current guidelines as set forth by the Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD)?

Slowing the Progression of COPD: If you've been diagnosed with COPD, there are certain lifestyle changes that, when implemented, may slow the progressive lung damage characteristic of COPD. Which lifestyle changes are you ready to make?

Factors Associated With COPD Life Expectancy: Although no one can truly predict COPD life expectancy, or how long a person will live with COPD, medical research suggests that it depends upon many factors — some of which you may have a certain degree of control over.

6 Ways to Keep COPD From Worsening: When it comes to managing COPD and preventing it from getting worse, did you know that you play the most important role? Learn 6 ways to have a better quality of life and keep COPD from advancing to the next stage.

Preventing COPD Exacerbation: COPD exacerbation is the number one reason that COPD patients seek emergency treatment and are admitted to the hospital. Not only do repeated episodes of COPD exacerbation worsen lung damage, they can also shorten your lifespan. The key to managing COPD exacerbation is prevention.

Signs and Symptoms of a Lung Infection: Lung infections, whether viral or bacterial, are the primary cause of COPD exacerbation. Learn to recognize signs and symptoms of a lung infection so you can seek earlier treatment and improve your chances of recovery.

When to Call the Doctor About Worsening Symptoms: When people with COPD aren't feeling well, they're often hesitant to call the doctor or seek emergency treatment. This may be because they're unable to recognize which symptoms are related to a worsening of COPD. Although everyone is different and you should always follow your instincts, there are guidelines in place that will help you determine which symptoms warrant prompt medical attention.

23 Triggers That May Worsen COPD Symptoms: There are a number of triggers that can worsen your COPD symptoms and wreak havoc upon your quality of life. Sometimes, a reaction to these triggers can even lead to hospitalization. If you can identify what your specific triggers are, you can learn to avoid them and get a better handle on effective management of the disease.

Other Conditions That Can Make COPD Worse: How COPD affects your life depends upon many factors, but has much to do with how severe your symptoms are and the existence of other health conditions, also referred to as comorbidities. Research suggests that up to 25% of people age 65 and up have at least two comorbid conditions, with 17% of folks in the same age group reporting three.

Get Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About COPD: If you're newly diagnosed, or you were diagnosed some time ago and just want more information, check out the answers to these frequently asked questions.

Top 10 COPD Myths Debunked: "COPD is only caused by smoking," or "COPD only affects men." Chances are, if you have COPD, you've heard a number of these common misconceptions floating around out there about the disease. Arm yourself with information, so you can then share the facts with your friends, family members and co-workers.

6 Weeks to Understanding COPD: If you'd like to know more about COPD, sign up for this free, COPD E-Course and get one lesson a week for 6 weeks. The best thing about the course: no homework!

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