COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a chronic lung disease that can be caused by the long-term usage of lung irritating substances such as cigarettes. There are more than 300 million COPD patients worldwide and COPD is the third leading cause of death in the world. Treatments of COPD mainly focus on the prevention of exacerbation, which is the irritation of the lungs.
We created a fact-sheet for you about COPD where you can find the most common symptoms of COPD, statistics about the disease, resources, and much more: COPD Fact-Sheet.
COPD and Mental Health
Dealing with a chronic disease can be very tiring for patients, leading them to have their lives revolve around doctor appointments, regular medical tests, and medications as well as continuing their daily activities as they become heavily dependent on hospital visits.
Mental health is important for anyone, at any stage of their life. But it is more important to look after yourself when you are dealing with much more. Especially, if it is something that enforces you to change your lifestyle. Remember that you are not alone in this journey and we should encourage each other. Here we provided a couple of tips that might help.
Not all heroes wear capes. Meet Russell Winwood, the COPD Athlete. In honor of the COPD Awareness Month, Russell shared his motto “Never let your disease define you” and his experience in COPD management with us back in 2020.