What Are the Treatment Options for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

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COPD is a medical condition that can really affect the lungs. It can make it harder for people to breathe. This is a very common condition unfortunately, but can be very dangerous. We know that over a 120, 000 people die every year as a result of COPD. But there're a lot of treatment options which is wonderful, and this is really where your doctor plays the role.

So first of all, treatments. There is medication, not only pill medication, but also inhale medications that your doctor may recommend to you. There's also other treatments that I think are equally as important or can be rather. There's what we call pulmonary rehabilitation or pulmonary rehab.

Your doctor actually might send you to pulmonary rehab to learn how to better use your lungs, and the muscles the rest of the muscles in your body to help support the lungs to help you breath better and this can be a very helpful modality. The other thing that's important to keep the mind in terms of treatment is lifestyle changes.

If you haven't quit smoking, you need to quit. Quitting smoking is one of the most important things that you could possibly do if you do smoke. So please keep that in mind. Also keep in mind that surgery sometimes can be an option. Usually this is reserved for very severe cases, but the other thing that some people benefit from is chronic oxygen.

So if you've seen people with oxygen tanks and things like this, it doesn't mean that they definitely have to have COPD but this is certainly one of the indications for oxygen.