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Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) currently affect approximately 2.5% of the global population. In aid of COPD Awareness Month, we’re discussing the symptoms and treatments for the common condition, as well as how MySelfCare can help you manage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, putting your and your loved ones’ minds at rest.

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

Typically occurring in people over the age of 40, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) refers to a group of obstructive lung conditions including emphysema (damage to the air sacs in the lungs) and chronic bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchial tubes, or airways).
COPD is a progressive disease that causes tightness in the chest, breathing problems and poor airflow, often accompanied by a persistent cough. If left undiagnosed or untreated, everyday life can become very difficult, with even the smallest of activity causing breathlessness. Though there is no known cure, the right treatment can slow the progression of COPD, making it far more manageable.

Causes

Fortunately, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases are largely preventable. Though genetics do play a small part when considering your risk of developing COPD, this risk is greatly reduced if you are a non-smoker, as smoking is the most common cause of COPD.
To reduce your risk of developing emphysema, chronic bronchitis and a host of other health conditions, take a look at MySelfCare’s advice on quitting smoking.

Diagnosis

The possible diagnosis of COPD should not be ruled out in any patient over the age of 40 –particularly smokers – who has shortness of breath, a chronic cough and/or frequent chest infections. Diagnosis often entails various pulmonary function tests, such as spirometry, to measure the amount of air that patients can breathe in and out.

Managing COPD

Unfortunately, damage to the lungs caused by COPD is permanent, but correctly treating and managing these conditions, progression can be slowed considerably, so that it does not severely affect the patient’s day-to-day life.
When it comes to managing COPD, MySelfCare’s finger pulse reader can give you and your loved ones the peace of mind you need, without visiting the doctor. Our finger pulse oximeter measures your heart rate and the concentration of oxygen in your blood, making it an ideal tool for anyone monitoring emphysema, chronic bronchitis or any other obstructive pulmonary conditions.