Throughout the year, many nonprofit organizations seek to draw the public’s attention by designating a day, week or month highlighting their particular cause. As a physician, I find it interesting to observe which health conditions and diseases capture people’s hearts and minds and why some, including one of the leading causes of death in this country, garner less attention.
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Lynn Markwell knows all too well how pulmonary rehabilitation — a multidisciplinary program combining exercise, nutrition, education, and support — can improve the quality of life for people with respiratory conditions.
Sixteen million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Millions more have it but have not been diagnosed. Chronic respiratory diseases, primarily COPD, are the country’s fourth-leading cause of death – and third-leading among chronic diseases, just behind heart disease and cancer.
For patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), pulmonary rehabilitation can significantly improve well-being. But according to a recent study, few people living with COPD are getting the benefits of multifaceted rehab programs that combine exercise training, nutritional counseling, education, and support.
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