3 COPD Symptoms That Could Predict Hospitalization

For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), fear during episodes of breathlessness, dyspnea during typical daily activities, and depressive symptoms may be good predictors of hospitalization. A new study published in The International Journal of COPD has determined that these patient-reported symptoms are important forecasters to look for. Health care providers are in need of simple tools to stratify COPD patients’ …

Bed sores are a little-known result of COPD

Dear Dr. Roach • I am 89 years old and just learned that I have the first stages of bed sores on my buttocks. My dermatologist said that I should stay off of it as much as possible and apply hydrocortisone cream. I have COPD, and I need to sleep sitting up. I wonder if you have any other suggestions to …

How Do You Manage COPD Stress?

Living with a chronic condition like COPD can be extremely challenging and stressful at times. From managing symptoms and treatment plans to interacting with loved ones and friends, there is a great deal to manage, which can cause obstacles in daily life and relationships. While people may experience stress in different ways, and even the causes of stress can vary from person to person, one thing that remains the same …