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Lifestyle changes and COPD action plan - Expert Video

Expert Video: What lifestyle changes are important for persons living with COPD?

Expert pulmonologists describe the importance of lifestyle changes in persons living with COPD. The lifestyle changes that are discussed include quitting smoking, avoiding second-hand smoke and other lung irritants, getting regular exercise, and pulmonary rehabilitation. It is also important to have a personal COPD action plan. The experts emphasize that COPD is treatable and that quality of life can be improved.

Lifestyle changes and COPD action plan - Expert Video
Lifestyle changes and COPD action plan - Expert Video
Expert Video:

When should a patient be referred to a lung specialist?


Expert physicians talk about the situations in which COPD patients should be referred to lung specialists for other special tests. COPD patients who are very short of breath and very symptomatic, as well as those patients who have frequent exacerbations need to be seen by lung specialists to make sure there are no other diseases or conditions going on in the patient as well.

Lifestyle changes and COPD action plan - Patient Video
Lifestyle changes and COPD action plan - Patient Video
Patient Video:

Can you comment on smoking and COPD? What motivated you to quit smoking?


Patients discuss the impact of smoking on COPD and how smoking has been a major cause of COPD. They discuss the importance of motivation and the need to quit smoking.

Lifestyle changes and COPD action plan - Patient Video
Lifestyle changes and COPD action plan - Patient Video
Patient Video:

What is your COPD action plan?


Patients with COPD discuss their own personal action plan related to COPD and what they do to manage the challenges of this disease.

Lifestyle changes and COPD action plan - Patient Video
Lifestyle changes and COPD action plan - Patient Video
Patient Video:

How do you know when your COPD is getting worse?


Patients discuss the various signs and symptoms that indicate their COPD is getting worse, and share this as a benefit to other patients with COPD.


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