A news report out this week said that smoke from cigarettes blocks self-healing processes in the lungs and, consequently, can lead to COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.* Current or former smokers or people who’ve had frequent exposure to other irritants are at risk for developing this debilitating disease. Are you at risk?
“Patients with a history of smoking, chronic cough, and shortness of breath may have this condition and should discuss their symptoms with their primary care provider or pulmonologist so that the diagnosis can be confirmed,” says Dr. Steven Meixler, WESTMED co-medical director and pulmonologist.
“Smoking cessation, exercise, a healthy diet and appropriate vaccinations are the key to slowing disease progression and optimizing health," Dr. Meixler explains. “There are many available treatments that can help alleviate and improve symptoms. Reach out to your primary care provider or one of our pulmonologists. We are here to help.”
If you are diagnosed with COPD, or would like more information about lung health for your reference, the American Lung Association
is a good source to help you learn what changes you should make to stay active and enjoy your life while managing COPD. * The recent findings conducted at the German Center for Lung Research were published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.