How COPD Affects Me
You’re not alone in coping with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Although there's no cure for COPD, symptoms can be managed through medications and inhalers. When on the right medication and plan, COPD patients may still be able to do normal, everyday activities they enjoy and limit their risk of flare-ups (also known as exacerbations).
COPD is the
3rd LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in the United States due to Disease
Americans have been diagnosed with COPD
Americans remain undiagnosed
The occurrence of COPD is HIGHER in WOMEN than in MEN, especially for cigarette smokers
Total deaths from COPD are estimated to increase by 30% over the next 10 years
Signs and Symptoms of COPD
Are You Experiencing COPD Symptoms? Ask Your Doctor About DUAKLIR.
Talk to your doctor if you're experiencing any of the above COPD symptoms. DUAKLIR PRESSAIR may be able to help you with your COPD symptoms both day and night when taken as prescribed.
COPD is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe and includes CHRONIC BRONCHITIS and EMPHYSEMA.
COPD Has Four Stages of Severity
COPD has four stages of severity: mild, moderate, severe, and very severe. Your doctor will assess several factors on which to base your COPD severity, including how well you breathe throughout the day and other symptoms. A spirometry test, which involves exhaling (breathing out) into a tube connected to a device called a spirometer, can measure how well your lungs are working.
- Mild COPD–you may feel short of breath from fast walks.
- Moderate COPD–you might have more coughing and can struggle to catch your breath while doing normal activities.
- Severe COPD–you may get breathless from dressing and undressing. It can take a lot of effort just to leave the house.
- Very Severe COPD–you might not be able to catch your breath, even when resting, and may have trouble getting enough oxygen.
Airway with COPD
If any of these apply to you, you may want to talk to your doctor about your COPD
- It's getting harder to walk without needing to catch my breath
- I find myself waking up at night feeling a shortness of breath
- My chest feels tight and I can't take in a full breath of air
- My lungs feel irritated, and I cough heavily when exposed to smoke and allergens
- It takes me longer to get ready in the morning because I need to frequently stop and breathe