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November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month


November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease¹ (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. The disease kills more than 120,000 Americans each year; that’s 1 death every 4 minutes and causes serious, long-term disability. The number of people with COPD is increasing. More than 12 million people are diagnosed with COPD and an additional 12 million likely have the disease and don’t even know it. Here are 4 things YOU can do to live a longer, more active life.

  1. Be aware of the risk factors
  2. Recognize the symptoms
  3. Ask your doctor or health care provider about a simple breathing test
  4. Follow treatment advice

A person may have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) but not notice symptoms² until it is in the moderate stage. This is why it’s important to ask your doctor about taking a breathing test (called spirometry) if you are a current or former smoker, have been exposed to harmful lung irritants for a long period of time, or have a history of COPD in your family, such as Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency related COPD. A spirometry test measures how well your lungs are working. It’s a simple and easy test that can help diagnose COPD.

Whether you are a large group or an individual, there is something we all can do to help those who may be affected by COPD. To assist you in your efforts, below is an Outreach Toolkit. Feel free to use all or parts of the Outreach Toolkit featuring the following resources:




  1. http://www.cdc.gov/copd/index.html
  2. http://www.copdfoundation.org/What-is-COPD/Understanding-COPD/What-is-COPD.aspx
  3. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/copd/event-listing/awareness-month/pdfs/LMBB-2014_Smart-Steps-WEB.pdf
  4. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/copd/event-listing/awareness-month/pdfs/2013-LMBB-CommunicationGap-Infographic_v9_WEB.pdf
  5. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/copd/event-listing/awareness-month/pdfs/2014-How-to-Get-the-Most-from-your-Office-Visit.pdf
  6. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/copd/event-listing/awareness-month/pdfs/2013-Talking-with-your-Patients-about-COPD.pdf
  7. http://www.copdfoundation.org/screener.aspx
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