COPD or Cronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a long disorder that makes it hard to breathe. People with COPD may develop chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. COPD tends to get worse overtime, but cathing it early, along with good care, can help many people stay active and may slow the disease.
Diognosis: Spirometry Breth Test
Spirometry is the main test for COPD. It measures how much air you can move in and out of lungs, and how quickly you do it. Spirometry can find problems even before you have symptoms of COPD. It also helps determaine the stage of COPD.
Pulmonary rehabilitation classes teach people ways to keep up with their daily activities without as much shortness of breath. Specific exercises help to build muscle, strength, including the muscles used in breathing. You also will learn to manage stress and control breathing.
Breathing Better with COPD
Pursea- lip breathing can reduce the work of breathing. Breathe in normally through your noise. Then slowly blow the air out through your mouth with your lips in a whistle or kissing position. Your exhale should be longer than the inhale.
COPD and Exercise
Walking is one of the best things you can do if you have COPD. Start with just five or ten minutes at a time, three to five days a week. Even if you have severe COPD, you may be able to reach 30 minutes of walking at a time. If you are on oxygen therapy, discuss your exercise plans with your doctor.