Living with COPD

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, an estimated 12 million adults have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and many more may be living with the disease without knowing it. While there is no cure for COPD, there are treatments that can effectively ease symptoms, cut the risk of complications, and improve a patient’s quality of life. Heartwarming Care is experienced at working with COPD patients and their family members to manage symptoms and ensure that the patient’s home is a safe and symptom-free environment.

Contact Heartwarming Care in Pierce, Thurston or King counties learn more about the benefits of in-home care for individuals with COPD.

Downloadable Tools and Tips:
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Web Resources:
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Living with COPD: Myths vs. Facts
This quick quiz from WebMD helps caregivers, patients, and family members determine COPD facts from fiction.

Exercise and COPD
Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and it’s also an important part of pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD patients. These exercise guidelines from the Cleveland Clinic can help individuals with COPD reduce their symptoms and lead a more active life.

Diagnosing COPD: Early Detection is Key
Wondering if it might be COPD? This HealthiNation video describes the signs and symptoms of the disease and how they differ from asthma or allergy symptoms.

Living with COPD: Air Quality in the Home Matters
We all live with allergens and irritants in our homes every day with minor complications. But for those suffering from COPD, air quality in the home can have a dramatic impact on health and quality of life. The COPD Foundation lists a few steps people can take to improve in-home air quality.

Tips to Avoid Shortness of Breath While Eating
These 7 tips from About.com can help a person with COPD eat more comfortably and avoid complications from malnutrition.

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