COPD Early Recognition New Era


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Put em out! Keep em out! Ashtray with cigarette buttsThe prevention of
lung disease and the promotion of lung health is the goal of the National
Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP) in collaboration with government,
medical and other health professional organizations. Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth major cause of death in the United
States. Because of this, the NLHEP was implemented to develop and promote
a nationwide education program designed to identify COPD in its early
stages. One objective is to promote a program of intervention to stop the
progress of COPD before development of clinical symptoms of cough, excess
mucus and shortness of breath—early signs of risk leading to disabling
forms of this chronic lung disease. The spirometer can be used to identify
early stages of COPD and can also identify people at risk of death from
lung cancer, heart attack and stroke. Indeed, preservation of lung health
is the key to good health in general.

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