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  • COPD Awareness Month
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    An estimated 24 million people in the United States suffer from COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Owing to the lack of awareness about this silent killer at least of these cases remain undiagnosed. According to the American Lung Association, COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the country.

    What is COPD?

    COPD is a chronic lung disease similar to bronchitis. Those suffering from COPD experience a constant irritability of the bronchi or breathing tubes along with swelling and obstruction of the airways. Left untreated, the entire respiratory system, including the alveoli or air sacs and air passages, become damaged beyond repair.

    To increase people’s understanding of what is COPD, the month of November is celebrated as the national COPD awareness month.

    Symptoms of COPD

    The common symptoms of COPD include,

    • Production of sputum (mucus secretion)
    • Chronic cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Asthma
    • Chest tightness.
    • Bulging neck veins

    Diagnosing COPD

    Healthcare providers employ various methods to understand if a person is suffering from this deadly pulmonary disease. The single most effective test in this respect is known as spirometry. A spirometer measures the severity of the obstruction of the airways and records the results to compare with normal rates.

    Treatment of COPD

    • No known cure of the disease exists to this date. Several preventive measures are taken to reduce the chances of contracting COPD.
    • Annual influenza vaccinations help in reducing the risks of COPD.
    • Cessation of smoking is a must.
    • Maintaining an ideal body weight and building muscular strength are said to have beneficial effects.
    • In severe cases, lung transplantation may provide some relief.

    Utilities of Medical Awareness Items

    Medical jewelry not only help in increasing the awareness and promoting a healthy way of living, but also assist in reducing the chances of wrong diagnosis in case of an emergency.

    They ensure easy visibility of an issue to the paramedics and doctors on site and help in swiftly gaining the access to crucial information linked with the medical ids.

    Consider owing any one of the following items during this COPD awareness month. You may also consider gifting these to someone you love who might be suffering from the disease.

    Bracelets, necklaces and earrings. You have the option of choosing pre-engraved pieces.

    Medical Alert ID and tags.

    • Free medical card.

    Would you like to share your own thoughts on COPD? Please use our comment section!

     

    Published by My Identity Doctor on November 14, 2014

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