Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


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Prevention list: Methods of prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease mentioned in various sources includes those listed below. This prevention information is gathered from various sources, and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Of all the avoidable risk factors for COPD, smoking is by far the most significant. Cessation of smoking is the best way to decrease one's risk of developing COPD. 1

Although there is no cure for COPD, the disease can be prevented in many cases. And, in almost all cases the disabling symptoms can be reduced. Because cigarette smoking is the most important cause of COPD, not smoking almost always prevents COPD from developing, and quitting smoking slows the disease process. 2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from COPD: How Can Patients Cope Best: NHLBI
2. excerpt from COPD Treatment: NHLBI

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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