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Learn the Basics: Facts About COPD

Learn the Basics: Facts About COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a chronic inflammatory lung disease which limits airflow from the lungs. More commonly referred to as COPD, it is a progressive disease, meaning it gets worse over time. However, with proper treatment, people with COPD can manage symptoms, maintain quality of life, and minimize risks of complicating ailments.

The leading cause of COPD is smoking. Occasionally non-smokers may develop COPD if they have been exposed to smoke, chemicals, or other lung irritants for extended periods.

Symptoms of COPD include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Lethargy
  • Swollen ankles/feet/legs
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Respiratory infections

There are many treatment options for those suffering from COPD including medications, lung therapies, and in-home ventilation therapy. Of course, quitting smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke are also priorities for anyone with COPD.

As a trusted provider of Home Health Care Services in Akron, Ohio, ClearPath has cared for many patients with COPD. We offer a customized treatment plan for COPD that can include in-home noninvasive ventilation therapy. This vent therapy uses a breathing device such as bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machine. A vent therapy machine with a mask can promote breathing and minimize carbon dioxide retention.

With a personalized approach to care, we help our patients and their families navigate daily life at home. Our skilled nursing services provides advanced care from experienced Registered Nurses without having to leave the comfort of home. Call or email us to learn more.

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