What are the 4 stages of COPD?
Stages of COPD
Stage I (Early)
Stage II (Moderate)
***** Stage III (Severe)
Stage IV (Very Severe)
Two breathing techniques in particular, pursed-lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing, are especially beneficial to people with COPD. Practice them correctly and you can improve quality of life and reduce COPD symptoms such as breathlessness, according to research published in 2014 in BMC Pulmonary Medicine.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists work with patients who have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The cost to you of PR depends on your insurance coverage and the program you choose. Medicare covers pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD if you meet certain requirements. The pulmonary rehabilitation program coordinator can tell you if you qualify and what the cost to you will be. There are many factors to consider when selecting a pulmonary rehabilitation program. If you haven’t already, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider to determine if pulmonary rehab is a good fit for you.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a long-term lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. The disease affects millions of Americans and is the third leading cause of disease-related death in the U.S. The good news is COPD is often preventable and treatable. Here you’ll find information, resources and tools to help you understand COPD, manage treatment and lifestyle changes, find support and take action. CLICK HERE.