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Call 911 if you are on COPD medication and are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
  • Rapid increase in shortness of breath
  • Rapid increase in wheezing
  • Chest pain

COPD Prevention

Lung damage caused by COPD cannot be reversed, but there are steps you can take to prevent it from occurring or worsening. These include:

  • Stop smoking if you smoke cigarettes, cigars or a pipe.
  • Avoid secondhand smoke, pollution, dust and other airborne contaminants.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Get seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccines.
  • Researchers at Cornell University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital report that women 45 years old and older who take vitamin E can cut their risk of developing COPD by about 10 percent.*

* Per News Max Health, June 10, 2010