Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD, is one of the most common lung disorders. COPD is not a genetic condition, which means it is not passed down in families. Most often COPD is caused by smoking. COPD must be diagnosed by your doctor who will perform a specialized breathing test called a pulmonary function test.
Individuals suffering from COPD find it difficult to breathe and experience symptoms such as coughing, sputum production, and shortness of breath. These symptoms often happen, or get worse because of air pollution, humidity and, most especially, cigarette smoke. While symptoms can be managed, the disease itself cannot be cured. Individuals with COPD can be helped by learning how to manage their disease and lessen the symptoms they experience.
Our condition management nurses are ready to help individuals diagnosed with COPD learn to manage their condition by:
- Increasing knowledge of the disease
- Providing strategies to slow disease progression and allow for self-management and lifestyle changes
- Help managing co-morbid conditions which contribute to the chronic disease of COPD (such as depression, anxiety or stress)
- Review current medications and treatments
- Help to develop personal goals and successful strategies to manage COPD