Individuals diagnosed with COPD often need support from not only health professionals, but also peers and others diagnosed with COPD. EFA sponsors educational workshops designed to encourage COPD-diagnosed individuals and their families/caregivers to share challenges and discover new ways to have a better quality of life living with the disease. This is a patient-centered approach to managing COPD.
If you or a loved one is struggling with COPD, learn more about our STRIVE™ program that provides patients, their families, and caregivers with the resources and tools they need to take control of their COPD
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In order to reduce your risk from COPD, it is recommended to avoid inhaling tobacco smoke, limit exposure to outdoor air pollution, use air cleaners/purifiers to reduce home and workplace air pollutant, and avoid respiratory infections.
Early detection of COPD can change the progress of the disease. If you suffer from difficulty breathing and/or have a persistent cough, you should see a doctor and seek a lung function test.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is an individualized treatment program that teaches COPD patients strategies to improve their quality of life. The rehabilitation may include:
Take advantage of this 4-day FREE lung rehabilitation boot camp with a live licensed Pulmonologist or Respiratory Therapist with the Home Rehabilitation Network.
Learn more about COPD and its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management. Access resources, including printable and shareable tips for living with the disease and information that you can use in discussions with your loved ones and health care providers.