Know what to look for to recognize the
signs of COPD in your loved one.
Shortness of breath, wheezing or chronic
cough could all be symptoms of COPD, a
serious but treatable lung disease.
Talk with your loved one about things
they may be missing out on, such as taking
walks and playing with grandchildren,
because of these symptoms.
Talk with them about how hard daily tasks
like climbing stairs and grocery shopping
have become for them and that this may
be related to COPD.
Encourage your loved one to schedule a visit
with their doctor or healthcare provider.
COPD can be diagnosed with a simple
breathing test called spirometry. Itís quick
and painless — and worth it.
Once diagnosed with COPD, there are
many ways that your loved one and their
provider can work together to manage the
symptoms of the disease. Remind them that
the earlier a person receives treatment, the
better their chances to improve quality of life.
Offer resources to help your loved one.
Read through the National Heart, Lung,
and Blood Institute's COPD Learn More Breathe Better campaign Web site http://copd.nhlbi.nih.gov with them to learn more about COPD and support group opportunities in their area.