November is National COPD Awareness Month. COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. COPD is a serious lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. In people who have COPD, the airways – tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs- are partly blocked, which makes it hard to get air in and out.
Some of this things that put you at risk for COPD include smoking, environmental exposure to things that can irritate your lungs and genetic factors. Symptoms of COPD include constant coughing, shortness of breath, excess sputum productions, feeling like you can’t breathe, not being able to take a deep breath, wheezing.
If you think you might be at risk for COPD, get a simple breathing test and talk with your doctor about treatment options. For more information, visit www.learnaboutcopd.org.
The Ohio State University Medical Center recently hosted the first meeting of the Ohio Partners in the Midwest COPD Network convened by the Respiratory Health Association . A grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute through the COPD Learn More, Breathe Better campaign is developing this COPD regional network in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. The goal of the network is to educate about the signs, symptoms, treatment guidelines and early detection of COPD. They are also working to increase the number of diagnosed patients who receive correct education about management and treatment, and increase community awareness about COPD through collaboration.
Dr. Michael Ezzie, Assistant Professor – Clinical, Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center, will be giving the keynote address at The 2011 Living Better Together COPD Conference on Nov 15.