What is COPD?
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), also known as chronic bronchitis or emphysema, is a chronic inflammatory disease of the bronchi and lungs. This disease makes the airways are inflamed and irritated and increase the production of mucus; Also damages the bronchi and lungs. Its main symptoms are cough and shortness of breath (shortness of breath), which tend to worsen over time. The main cause of this disease is smoking, but it can also be caused or worsened by air pollution, allergies, respiratory infections, working in dusty environments, etc.
How can COPD be prevented?
To have better control over your emotions and, in particular, to combat the anxiety associated with attacks of dyspnea (respiratory distress), consider learning psychological self-control techniques:
If you smoke, leave it.
Seek medical advice.
Drug treatments and other measures decrease symptoms and improve survival and quality of life.
You can learn to master stress and the anguish that causes fatigue. Try it!
Through rehabilitation it is possible to learn to breathe more effectively, and in this way, to be able to perform daily activities with fewer symptoms.
You can also learn to perform daily activities with less effort (two rides carrying 3 kg of weight produce less fatigue than a single ride carrying 6 kg).
Protect yourself from respiratory infections and avoid crowded or irritating environments.
Learn to express your emotions, and talk to a friend or family member when you feel angry, frustrated or depressed.