COPD symptoms such as shortness of breath are not a normal part of aging, and you don't have to put up with them!

Follow these simple steps to take charge of your COPD treatment:

  • Take the COPD Assessment TestTM to see how COPD is impacting your life. Bring your results to your doctor's office and discuss optimal treatment.
  • Speak to your doctor regularly about your symptoms to make sure you are on an appropriate treatment plan for your level of COPD severity. Get your personalized Doctor Discussion Guide to help you prepare for your doctor's visit.
  • Print a copy of the COPD Action PlanTM and ask your doctor to help you fill it out.
  • Make sure you understand what each of your COPD medications is for and how to use it.
  • Ask your doctor about joining a pulmonary rehabilitation program, where you will learn about breathing techniques, exercise, nutrition, and coping with COPD.
  • Ask your doctor about getting the influenza and pneumococcal vaccines to lower your risk of a flare-up.

COPD Action PlanTM is a trademark of the Canadian Thoracic Society.