Helping Bermuda Breathe!
MANAGING YOUR COPD
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QUIT SMOKING is the only way to slow the progression of COPD. Quitting smoking relieves chronic cough and sputum production, wheezing and shortness of breath. It also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and lunch cancer. HERE for Smoking Cessation.
EXERCISE can help keep you from deterioration physically and improve your ability to carry out daily activities. Benefits include improved breathing, improved endurance of leg muscles,and improved quality of life.
MEDICATIONS may be prescribed by your doctor to reduce your symptoms of COPD. Be sure to take all medications the way your doctor instructs. You. Different medications may be prescribed to manage COPD. Review medications ANNUALLY with your doctor. HERE for details.
PREVENT LUNG INFECTIONS Flare-ups of COPD are sometimes caused by bacterial infections in the lungs. Wash your hands regularly and limit your exposure to sick people to reduce your risk of infection.
VACCINATION COPD patients have a higher risk of requiring hospitalization due to the flu. COPD patients should receive a flu shot once a year. Consult your doctor to see if you need a pneumonia vaccine.
PURSED-LIP BREATHING Helps to: control your breathing rate and shortness of breath; increase the flow of air out of your lungs; reduce the amount of energy needed to breath; increase your sense of control and ability to perform activities.
HERE for details about Pursed-Lip Breathing.
CONTROLLING ANXIETY is very important when preventing and decreasing shortness of breath. HERE for anxiety cycle.