Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

By Meghan Bailey on Mar 27, 2014

There are an estimated 24 million people in the United States affected by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Over half of them have symptoms of COPD and do not know it!

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breath. The two most common forms of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema happens when the air sacs (alveoli) at the end of the smallest air passages (bronchioles) in the lungs are gradually destroyed. Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes. These tubes carry air to and from your lungs.

How do I know if I have COPD?

There are signs and symptoms to look out for. If you are experiencing any of the following, please call your Health Advisors immediately to coordinate care:

  • Increased shortness of breath
  • Frequent coughing (with or without sputum)
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Wheezing

How can I manage COPD?

Managing COPD doesn't have to be stressful. With guidance from your Health Care Team, COPD can be treatable by incorporating the following:

  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
  • Proper diet/nutrition/exercise
  • Avoid harsh chemicals and use scent-free, natural products, which are typically less toxic. 
  • Medication
  • Support Groups

How can I find out more information on COPD?

Call a WellHealth Advocate to learn more about your options. We are here to help! 855-404-WELL. COPD is a serious health condition that our team is ready to help you learn more about.