Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Oxygen therapy for COPD (PDF) - 8 pages. Explains that oxygen is right for certain COPD patients. Talks about oxygen tanks, nasal prongs, and other oxygen equipment. Answers common questions about oxygen. Includes tips on using oxygen safely.
Managing COPD – includes a COPD action plan (PDF) – 6 pages. Explains how to manage your COPD and treat your symptoms. Talks about how to avoid flare-ups and what to do if you get flare-up. Includes a COPD action plan, a form your doctor fills out to give you personalized instructions. This action plan tells you how to change your treatment depending on your symptoms, and when to get help.
How to avoid feeling tired : managing your energy with COPD (PDF) - 4 pages. Gives practical advice on how to pace yourself and plan your activities so you don’t run out of energy. Explains simpler ways of doing everyday chores.
What to do if you are out of breath: breathlessness and COPD (PDF) - 4 pages. Tells how you can catch your breath if you feel breathless. Explains how to do pursed lip and diaphragmatic breathing. Shows pictures of body positions that make it easier to breathe.
Exercise and COPD (PDF) - 16 pages. Explains why exercise is important for people with COPD. Tells how to start your exercise program gently. Tells about stretches and exercises that help people with COPD, and includes pictures of people demonstrating each exercise.