The National Institute of Health (NIH) reports that the evolution of knowledge concerning Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and its components – emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthmatic bronchitis – covers 200 years.
Today, COPD is a steadily growing global healthcare problem, however, early identification and prevention, as well as treatment of emerging stages of disease through smoking cessation and a growing number of bronchoactive drugs promises to change the outcome.
There are many resources people with COPD and their family and friends can access to understand the condition. Lung.ca has resources in the form of a handbook that can be downloaded in PDF format. The handbook covers several topics including treatments, signs and symptoms, building your COPD team, an action plan and more.
The website also has valuable information on research and videos from doctors who talk about COPD. There is an article by Dr. Denis O’Donnell on What don’t we know about COPD?
In the article, Dr. O’Donnell begins by saying. “What if you felt like you had a football—and an American-sized one at that—lodged in each lung every time you tried to draw breath?”
“As a medical student in Ireland, Dr. O’Donnell has clear memories of watching helplessly as patients struggled with the debilitating condition known as dyspnea (pronounced dis-knee-ah) or breathlessness, and only having oxygen or opiates to offer,” Dr. O’Donnell continued in the article.’Dyspnea is a common and uncomfortable symptom of many lung diseases. Even with pharmacotherapy and pulmonary rehabilitation, coping can be a daily struggle. And the accompanying psychological effects, such as fear and anxiety and depression, can be as distressing as the physical ones.”
You can find Dr. O’Donnell’s article and the other content at this link https://www.lung.ca/research/copd
The B.C. Lung Association (BC.Lung.ca) provides information on rehabilitation contacts and where it is available in Kelowna. That website also provides information on programs and initiatives that can be accessed such as the B.C. Annual State of Air Report, Cannabis and Lung Health and an Essential Information Pack Initiative, which is a pilot program sending over 1,000 care packs to lung patients who are vulnerable to severe respiratory infection, including COVID-19. There is also information on vaping and lung health as well as wildfire smoke.
Kelowna has a respiratory club called the Better Breathers Clubs of B.C. They offer support groups for people with chronic lung diseases such as asthma, COPD and more. The club also offers education and a social support group, which you can access by visiting their website – https://kelowna.cioc.ca/record/KNA0083.
Health Link B.C. can help you find services in your area, whether you need home treatment advice at 2 a.m., or are looking for health information in a language other than English, they can help. HealthLink BC offers a range of services and resources via their website (https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/services-and-resources), over the phone, and in print.
For more information about research in your local area please contact the Medical Arts Health Research Group at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at https://www.healthresearch.ca.