Do you have COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an ongoing illness that keeps you from breathing normally. It is a very common problem for adults in central Ohio, nationwide and throughout the world. COPD includes a number of conditions, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma and cystic fibrosis. Often, it is a combination of two or more of these diseases.
People with COPD have shortness of breath due to difficulty exhaling all of the air from their lungs. Over time this shortness of breath may worsen and force them to limit their activities. This may also be accompanied by a chronic cough, often with large amounts of sputum.
COPD is caused by many factors such as smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, environmental or occupational irritants.
Restrictive lung diseases, such as Pulmonary Fibrosis and Sarcoidosis, limit the amount of air that can be taken into the lungs. This is due to stiffness in the lungs, stiffness in the chest wall, weak muscles or nerve damage. The symptoms are very similar to those of COPD: shortness of breath and often a dry cough.
Being short of breath is NOT part of the aging process. If you are experiencing shortness of breath or an ongoing cough, ask your doctor to test your breathing. This test, a Pulmonary Function Study, is a simple test that can help determine what is causing these problems and how to treat them. If you are low income, uninsured or under insured, contact our no-fee, no co-pay Lung Health Clinic, 614-273-2843 to schedule an appointment.
The Breathing Association offers free in-home educational visits to help you better understand and manage your breathing problems, use your medications correctly and learn breathing exercises to help you be more active. There are no income restrictions for this program. Our COPD Outreach program helps you “breathe easier” and stay healthier. To learn more about this program or your breathing issues, contact the Lung Health Outreach Director at 614-437-1521
We have a limited supply of medical equipment for treatment of respiratory problems, including sleep apnea. The types of supplies vary day to day depending on donations. Please contact the COPD Outreach Director for more information.
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