Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (cont.)
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What is the treatment for COPD?
The goal of the treatment of COPD is to improve the patient's daily living and quality of life by preventing symptoms and exacerbations, thereby preserving optimal lung function.
If a person is diagnosed with COPD, a health-care professional will educate the person about the disease. The individual will be encouraged to actively participate in their treatment program.
Quitting smoking and COPD
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Smoking cessation is the most important thing a person can do to improve their condition. Stopping smoking can improve COPD symptoms.
Most patients with COPD are currently smoking or have smoked in the past. A plan to stop smoking is an essential part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Smoking cessation success rates, however, are low because of the following:
Setting a quit date may be helpful. A health-care professional will participate with the patient by setting a target date and by scheduling follow-up visits.
The transition from smoking to not smoking occurs in five stages:
The process of smoking cessation involves multiple interventions. Smoking intervention programs include the following:
Successful cessation programs typically use the following resources and tools:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/29/2015
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