Breathing exercise to manage the difficulties of COPD

11th September 2015

Dr. Christopher , Professor & Head of Pulmonary Medicine, Christian Medical College Vellore says "COPD is characterized by chronic cough, a feeling of tightness in the chest, shortness of breath due to physical activity, bluish discoloration of finger nails and lips and recurrent respiratory infections. Generally, COPD management involves quitting smoking, vaccinations, rehabilitation and inhalation therapy. It is important to take necessary precautions when a person is suffering from COPD so as to avoid worsening of symptoms, which often results in hospitalization."

According Dr. Kailash GS, Chennai "COPD develops slowly. Symptoms often worsen over time, limiting one's ability to do regular activities. Severe COPD even stops patients from engaging in basic activities like walking, cooking, or personal care."

Dr. Narasimhan, Sr. Consultant pulmonologist - APOLLO hospital Chennai and President , Respiratory research foundation of India says, "It is commonly seen when people are diagnosed with COPD, they tend to become physically less active which leads to a further decline in their health because decreased physical activity can worsen lung function as well as the overall health of a person. It is important for people to understand risk factors and be aware of treatment modalities for right disease management."

Coverage Details:
Publication : Pirpagal
Date & Page : 11th Sept 2015 page 4
Circulation : 53,622
Readership : 2,14,488
Edition : Coimbatore