How is COPD treated?

 

Although there is no cure for COPD, there are many effective therapy options available to help you manage your symptoms and slow the progression of COPD, so that you may enjoy a more active life.1

Elderly gentleman using an OptiChamber Diamond spacer while wearing a nasal canula to control flare up of COPD symptoms

COPD Therapy options

There are a variety of therapy options available that can help you manage the symptoms of COPD on a daily basis². Your physician may recommend the use of one of the following options: medication, medicine delivery systems, supplemental oxygen or non-invasive ventilation³.

 

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Lifestyle changes

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by taking regular exercise (suitable for your COPD stage), eating a healthy diet and using breathing techniques can help you manage your symptoms and slow down the progression of COPD⁴.

 

Working with your doctor, you can make some simple lifestyle changes that will allow you to lead a more active life¹.

 

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Pulmonary rehab

Combining a program of exercise, education and support, pulmonary rehab can help you live more comfortably with COPD by increasing your capacity for exercise and improving your mobility. You’ll learn about effective breathing techniques, relaxation exercises, the use of medication and oxygen, good nutrition and travel tips, as well as how to avoid flare-ups and stay healthy⁵.

 

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Understanding disease progression

As a progressive disease, the symptoms of COPD that you experience are likely to increase in severity over time through four main stages. However, you can manage your symptoms and slow their progression⁶.
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Diet, exercise and nutritional advice

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating a nutritious, balanced diet and taking regular exercise can help you to control your symptoms and slow the progression of COPD⁷⁻⁸.
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How I can manage my COPD

Having a plan in place to manage your COPD is important. Managing your symptoms and lifestyle can help you cope with flare ups and improve your quality of life¹.

Therapy options

  • Oxygen

    Oxygen

    Oxygen therapy can help reduce shortness of breath, make you feel better and allow you to remain active longer.

  • Compressor nebulizer systems

    Compressor nebulizer systems

    Nebulizers deliver your medication where it's needed most - your lungs. Many medications begin to work much quicker as a result.

  • Muscle training

    Muscle training

    Philips COPD muscle training product can strengthen breathing muscles & increase lung capacity. Learn more about Threshold IMT COPD muscle training device.

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring

    Discover how Philips COPD monitoring products help you take control of your life & therapy. Learn how the COPD therapy devices help you overcome the condition.

  • Airway clearance

    Airway clearance

    Coughing is the body’s way of clearing mucus from the lungs. If you can no longer cough you may benefit from using an airway clearance device.

  • Ventilation

    Ventilation

    Philips Respironics COPD ventilation solutions can help reduce the burden and breathe for you. Learn more about COPD AVAPS therapy & COPD ventilation therapy.

  • Spacers

    Spacers

    A spacer is a chamber that attaches to your inhaler and supports medication delivery into your lungs.

References

1. Healthline. COPD and You: Managing Your Symptoms.
http://www.healthline.com/health/copd/and-you-symptom-management#1
Accessed on 10 July 2015

2. Web MD. COPD treatments, improving your quality of life.
http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/copd-treatments-improving-your-quality-of-life
Accessed on 19 June 2015.

3. American Lung Association. Treatment options.
http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/treating-copd/treatment-options.html
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

4. American Lung Association. Instructions for COPD MANAGEMENT PLAN.
http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/living-with-copd/ala-copd-management-plan.pdf
Accessed on 15 May 2015.

5. American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Pulmonary Rehabilitation. http://www.copdfoundation.org/Portals/0/Files/pdfs/AACVPR-FactSheet.pdf
Access on 6 June 2015.

6. Healthline. COPD: Symptoms and Stages.
http://www.healthline.com/health/copd/stages#Overview1
Access on 6 June 2015.

7. bettersleepandbreathing.com. Exercise and COPD: A Good Combination.
http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/80221781144/exercise-and-copd-a-good-combination
Accessed on 20 May 2015.

8. bettersleepandbreathing.com. Eating to Breathe Better. http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/81409498485/eating-to-breathe-better
Accessed on 20 May 2015.