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American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Joins DRIVE4COPD to Raise Awareness of Nation's 4th Leading Cause of Death
Date:9/8/2010

the AARC on board, we have the added frontline reach of respiratory therapists to help get people educated and hopefully, the help they need."

Patrick is part of the DRIVE4COPD Race Team*, a group of people competing this year to screen the most people who may be at risk for the disease. The Race Team also includes Emmy-nominated actor Jim Belushi, Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner, Grammy Award-winning country music star Patty Loveless and Pro Football great Michael Strahan. Each has a loved one who struggled with COPD.

* The members of the DRIVE4COPD Race Team are paid spokespeople of the founding sponsor.

Early Diagnosis and Understanding the Disease

Often, shortness of breath and coughing are not recognized as symptoms of COPD and are confused with normal signs of aging.  Detecting and managing COPD in the earlier stages will not reverse the disease, but it can help patients decrease and control symptoms.  While COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated.

"COPD is a chronic and progressive disease that develops slowly, so it can be years before patients feel its impact," says AARC Associate Executive Director/COO and registered respiratory therapist Thomas Kallstrom. "That's why it is so important to understand this disease, recognize symptoms in early stages and take action to manage the condition."

Physical activity, as advised by a physician and a respiratory therapist, and good nutrition can help patients with COPD to reduce fatigue, improve dyspnea (shortness of breath) and improve the capacity for functional exercise, which translates to a more normal lifestyle.

AARC Tips:

  • Don't give up!  A diagnosis of COPD doesn't mean you can't stay active. By following your doctor's orders and exercising correctly, you can maintain a fulfilling and productive lifestyle.
  • Look into a pulmonary re
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