The COPD Links Library

What Is COPD?
What Is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

Anatomy and Function of the Normal Lung
To understand your lung condition, you should be familiar with how the lungs normally work. This article will give you a good understanding of healthy lung function

What are the signs and symptoms of COPD?

National Jewish Medical and Research Center - About COPD(very comprehensive information)
*What is COPD?*COPD Facts*Causes of COPD*Decrease Your Risk for COPD*Get to Know Your Healthy Lungs*COPD in a Nut Shell *Symptoms of COPD*Diagnosing COPD*Stages of COPD *COPD Flare-ups*Treatment*COPD Resources

The National Institute of Health - About COPD
*Frequently Asked Questions *What is COPD?*Can COPD cause someone to die?*Who is at greatest risk for COPD?*What are the symptoms of COPD?*How is COPD diagnosed?*What are the treatments for COPD?*If I am diagnosed with COPD, will I be able to go walking around the mall and go to my exercise class?*My doctor is sending me for pulmonary rehabilitation. What type of people will I be working with and what do they do? *How can I prevent my COPD from getting worse?*What medications are used to treat COPD?*When is oxygen therapy used for COPD?*When is surgery recommended?*What should I do if my symptoms suddenly get worse?*Where else can I find information on COPD?

About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 
United States Department of Health and Human Services
 Next Steps After Your Diagnosis
Your doctor* gave you a diagnosis that could change your life. This document can help you take the next steps.Every person is different, of course, and every person's disease or condition will affect them differently. But research shows that after getting a diagnosis, many people have some of the same reactions and needs.Five Basic StepsThis document describes five basic steps to help you cope with your diagnosis, make decisions, and get on with your life.

Step 1: Take the time you need. Do not rush important decisions about your health. In most cases, you will have time to carefully examine your options and decide what is best for you.

Step 2: Get the support you need. Look for support from family and friends, people who are going through the same thing you are, and those who have "been there." They can help you cope with your situation and make informed decisions.

Step 3: Talk with your doctor. Good communication with your doctor can help you feel more satisfied with the care you receive. Research shows it can even have a positive effect on things such as symptoms and pain. Getting a "second opinion" may help you feel more confident about your care.

Step 4: Seek out information. When learning about your health problem and its treatment, look for information that is based on a careful review of the latest scientific findings published in medical journals.

Step 5: Decide on a treatment plan. Work with your doctor to decide on a treatment plan that best meets your needs.As you take each step, remember this: Research shows that patients who are more involved in their health care tend to get better results and be more satisfied.

Bill Horden's COPD Survival Guide Lessening the Effects of COPD
You may already know there is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, it's important that you know there is hope. Much can be done to lessen the side effects and symptoms of the disease. You can lead active and rewarding lives by following the advice of your physician and by following some simple tips.

The COPD Workbook
Make a personal commitment to your health(pdf file)

After the diagnosis-Coping with COPD

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