For recently diagnosed COPD patients, Winwood shares advice for living well:
- Kowledge: Understand what it means to have COPD. Patients should work with their doctor to create a customised action plan to help track progress.
- Treatment: While there is no cure for COPD, there are many treatment options including prescription drugs, positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, portable oxygen concentrators, and ventilation therapy that can help patients maintain a better quality of life. By researching and having a strong understanding of the treatment options available, patients can have a more educated conversation with physicians about care plans.
- Nutrition: A healthy diet is incredibly important for COPD patients as a poor diet can make symptoms worse and affect the ability to exercise. The right nutrition can even help patients breathe easier.
- Exercise: Exercise can help improve cardio-respiratory fitness level by strengthening large muscle groups within one’s body while also improving circulation.
Dr. Teofilo Lee-Chiong, Chief Medical Liaison at Philips said, “COPD is among the most common, underdiagnosed, debilitating, deadly and costly diseases to manage.”
“People can’t find solutions for a problem they don’t know they have, or implement solutions they don’t know exist. At Philips, we are committed to making lives better for COPD patients, from education to developing innovative therapy solutions, and that with the right diagnosis, management plan and support group, people diagnosed with COPD can still live a full and active life.”
Philips offers patient-inspired COPD and respiratory disease management solutions that support each stage of the health continuum – from healthy living, through diagnosis, treatment and homecare – all while empowering consumers to live the active lifestyle they desire. The wide variety of Philips therapy solutions for COPD patients include OptiChamber Diamond spacer, InnoSpire Go next-generation portable mesh nebuliser that provides fast and efficient aerosol drug delivery, SimplyGo Mini lightweight portable oxygen concentrator, DreamStation Advanced Therapies, and Trilogy hospital-to-home ventilators. DreamStation and Trilogy now connect patients, payers, providers and physicians via Care Orchestrator, turning medical-grade data in to actionable information.
For more information about Russell’s story, Philips COPD solutions, or to help spread the message in support of COPD patients worldwide, please visit Philips.com/WorldCOPDDay. For every campaign video share, Philips will donate USD $1 to further globalise the impact of The COPD Foundation. By donating to The COPD Foundation, Philips will help extend the organisation’s ability to educate, engage and empower patients, providers and physicians all over the world. Follow the World COPD Day 2017 conversation on Twitter: @PhilipsHealth and @PhilipsResp.
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 COPD Foundation, COPD Uncovered Report. 2011. Retrieved from: https://www.copdfoundation.org/pdfs/copd-uncovered-report-2011.pdf