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COPD

Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

A leading expert answers your questions about how to live to your fullest with COPD.

Significant lung damage from smoking, exposure in some jobs, or even diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis can lead to COPD. Having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can leave you feeling short of breath, sometimes reluctant to go shopping or for a walk because you are afraid of more difficulties. You may have wheezing, tightness in the chest, or frequent coughing. Although you see a doctor for your COPD, you often have questions and need answers. In this concise and practical guide, leading medical expert Donald A. Mahler answers some of the most pressing questions that he has been asked over 30 years of seeing patients with COPD, including

• Why am I short of breath?
• What medications can treat my COPD?
• Can surgery improve COPD?
• What are flare-ups—and how can I prevent them?
• How can I stop smoking?
• What should I do if my breathing isn't getting better?
• Can exercise help? If so, which exercises are the most beneficial?
• What's the best way to prevent lung infections?
• How does COVID-19 affect COPD?
• How can I travel with oxygen?
• Can I be sexually active with COPD?

and much more.

Each chapter includes a patient vignette and key points. Tables and boxes offering helpful tips are included throughout. Providing up-to-date, evidence-based content that covers more than just medications, COPD gives you the tools you need to keep active—and thrive.

About the Author

Donald A. Mahler, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, is a pulmonologist at Valley Regional Hospital. He is the author of Breathe Easy: Relieving the Symptoms of Chronic Lung Disease.

Endorsements

"Drawing from his own long-term experience and expertise, as well as common questions asked by his patients and their caregivers, Dr. Mahler has written a book that will be very useful to motivated readers. I have not read other books on the topic of this scope and quality. Substantive and accurate, it touches on a comprehensive list of issues that are on patients' minds."

- E. James Britt, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

"The physicians from MedStar Health Pulmonary recommend this book to help you to better understand your COPD."

- MedStar Health Pulmonary

"Dr. Mahler's book is outstanding. I believe our patients will enjoy and benefit from the book."

- Peter Sloane, MD, FCCP, Chief, Pulmonary Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial and Good Samaritan Hospitals

"A clear explanation of my questions concerning my COPD and presentations of different treatments available to me. These different options of treatment are explained clearly and provide the reader with visual uses of the treatments along with written instructions. I had the option of discussing which treatment I felt worked better for me with the Doctor which was a true plus. I would recommend this book to any individual suffering from COPD. It will provide you with a clearer understanding of what you can do to help living with the ailment comfortably."

- Darlene Morse
Johns Hopkins University Press
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