Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Living Well With COPD

For most people, living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not easy. It’s a serious illness that can greatly affect your entire way of life. But, it doesn’t have to mean the end of enjoying your life. Together with your doctor, you can learn ways to improve your breathing and fitness and prevent acute worsening of your disease. It takes a commitment to improve your health, and it takes effort to use your medicines and therapies correctly. You can live well with COPD. It’s up to YOU to take control.

That's the first paragraph of a free, easy to understand 44 page book available from The American College of Chest Physicians. The book contains this information:

Living Well With COPD - Table of Contents

What is COPD?
Inside Your Lungs
How COPD Affects the Body
Causes of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Symptoms of COPD
Making the Diagnosis
Important Steps for Better Living With COPD
Step 1: Quit Smoking
Other Airway Irritants
Step 2: Flu (Influenza) and Pneumonia Shots
Step 3: Understand Your COPD Medicines
How To Take COPD Medicines
Spacers and Holding Chambers
Dry Powder Inhalers
Your Medicine Schedule
Step 4: Exercise and Get Good Nutrition
Step 5: Conserve Your Energy and Control Stress
Step 6: Control Your Breathing
Step 7: Use Oxygen Therapy
Step 8: Manage Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Bronchitis
Surgical Options
Glossary & Abbreviations

Download your copy here