Coronary Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - COPD

COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

is an illness that makes it hard to breathe. COPD generally involves a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. People with COPD are more likely to get respiratory infections. Chronic Bronchitis means having thickened airways with too much mucus, leading to chronic cough and a higher risk of respiratory infections. Emphysema is damage to the alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs, which causes air to get trapped and makes it harder for oxygen to get into the blood.

Add these tips to your health and hygiene routine:

• Don’t smoke cigarettes. Between 80-90% of COPD cases are caused by cigarette smoking. Never smoking or quitting if you already smoke, is the single most important step you can take to reduce your risk of developing COPD.
• Avoid air pollution, chemical sprays and perfumes.
• Avoid extremes in air temperature and humidity.
• Avoid close contact with people who have respiratory infections, particularly young children who contract repeated contagious respiratory infections, Pneumonia and Bronchitis.
• Keep your house as dust free and clean as possible.
• Wash your hands often.
• Eat a healthy diet of 5-6 small meals a day and drink plenty of fluids, limiting alcohol use.
• Get a pneumococcal vaccine and yearly flu shots.
• Have a blood test to determine levels of Alpha-1-Antitrypsin. This will check for a genetic defect that indicates an increased risk that you might develop the disease, regardless of smoking.
• Stay physically active.

For more information
For more information on COPD and other common preventable health complications, contact your health care provider or your local partner for better health: Trinity County Health Initiative • 936-642-1746

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