• Even though there is no cure for COPD, COPD can be treated. What are the goals of COPD management? COPD management aims to: relieve COPD symptoms prevent COPD from getting worse reduce the number of COPD exacerbations (COPD flare-ups) and make flare-ups less severe make it easier to exercise and do daily activities treat flare-ups quickly and reduce the risk of health problems due to COPD What does COPD management involve? Your COPD management will likely include: COPD treatment to keep the disease under control and manage symptoms treatment of flare-ups healthy lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking working with your health care team How does my doctor choose a COPD treatment for me? COPD treatment is based on how severe your COPD is and how often you have a flare-up.

  • COPD treatment can help reduce symptoms, prevent flare-ups, and make it easier to do daily activities. Take the COPD Assessment TestTM to see how COPD is impacting your life, and talk to your doctor about which COPD treatment options are most appropriate for you. Get your personalized Doctor Discussion Guide to help you prepare for your visit.

  • If you have a COPD flare-up, it's important to follow the instructions in your COPD Action PlanTM (fill out the Doctor Discussion Guide and print your results to get your COPD Action PlanTM) and seek treatment as soon as possible. This can help reduce your risk of ending up in the hospital. If you have frequent flare-ups (1 or more per year), talk to your doctor about optimal therapy for COPD.

  • 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.

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