What Is COPD?
The abbreviation “COPD” refers to a condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, which is a blanket term that refers to a handful of progressive and incurable lung diseases, including:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Refractory asthma
As time goes on, people with COPD have increasing difficulty breathing and their airways become progressively thicker and less flexible due to prolonged inflammation. This can make it more difficult to remain active, leaving affected persons vulnerable to the effects of immobility, which can include pneumonia, deep vein thrombosis, muscular atrophy, and more. Trouble breathing can also lead to a number of other dangerous health complications related to exhaustion, insufficient oxygen intake, and so on.
How to Remain as Healthy as Possible After a COPD Diagnosis
As previously stated, there is currently no cure for COPD. However, there are still a number of things you can do to preserve your health, mobility, and quality of life after being diagnosed, including:
- Arranging adequate practical support: You may need a live-in caregiver, such as a family member, home health professional, or private nurse to ensure you never have to go without the support you need. As time goes on, you may experience greater difficulty performing normal activities of daily living, at which point it will be of great value to already have the proper assistance in place.
- Sticking to a doctor-approved nutrition plan: COPD is a unique condition that can be managed in part through adherence to a healthy diet. However, not just any generic diet will do. Make sure you review your current eating habits and any prospective changes in nutrition with your physician first.
- Getting off the couch: Exercise is still possible with COPD, and it is quite necessary if you wish to remain as healthy and mobile as possible in the years to come. Regular exercise can help you improve air flow to the lungs, muscle strength, sleep, and other aspects of your health that have a direct impact on your overall quality of life.
We Can Help You Manage Your COPD
At Primary Care Associates, we care for people facing a variety of acute health issues, including COPD. Our primary care physicians in Fort Worth and throughout North Texas can help you address matters of medication, exercise, diet, and more, so that you can continue living and enjoying your life for as long as possible.
Allow us to be part of your support system. Book an appointment online or call to schedule a consult with one of our Fort Worth primary care doctors today.