Breathing Matters: The Importance of Understanding COPD

Breathing Matters: The Importance of Understanding COPD

(BPT) – Breathe in. Breathe out. Just take a moment to inhale and exhale. We too often take breathing for granted, but what if taking a breath was a challenge?

If you’re someone living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the third leading cause of death in the United States (US), or know someone living with this chronic respiratory disease, breathing challenges may impact how you live your life. As of 2010, there were more than 14 million people identified as having COPD in the US, and another estimated 12 million people who remain undiagnosed.

In an effort to celebrate life and the important role that breathing plays within it, AstraZeneca has partnered with New York City-based filmmaker Erlendur Sveinsson to produce Ode to Breathing. Ode to Breathing is a documentary-style short film that strings together brief vignettes, providing a moving look at people doing an ordinary yet profound thing: breathing. It can be found online at

People living with COPD or their caregivers can consider the following tips when thinking about respiratory health.

1. Keep an eye on symptom changesHealth & Fitness. Early COPD detection can impact disease management, which makes it important to monitor for changes in your breathing and recognize symptoms such as shortness of breath while performing daily activities, chronic cough, fatigue and wheezing.

2. Remember, COPD in many cases is preventable. Risk factors to be aware of may include smoking tobacco (including second-hand or passive exposure); indoor air pollution (such as solid fuel used for cooking and heating); outdoor air pollution; occupational dusts and chemicals (vapors, irritants and fumes); and frequent lower respiratory infections during childhood.

3. Stay inspired and educated. Visit Ode to Breathing at and watch the inspirational video and access available helpful resources for COPD patients. One such resource is a free e-book that may help people with respiratory illnesses breathe easier with breathing exercises, tips for making day-to-day activities like chores easier, and ways to manage breathing challenges while at work or traveling.

4. Don’t be afraid to speak with your doctor. If you think you or a loved one may be experiencing COPD symptoms, speak to a healthcare provider to determine what options are available to help you breathe easier to help you enjoy life’s simple moments.

3295106 Last Updated 2/17

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* These videos demonstrate exercises for people with lung cancer, COPD and other breathing problems (consult your doctor).

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11 Responses to “Breathing Matters: The Importance of Understanding COPD”

  1. Weights or Calisthenics Reply

    wonderful this helped so much. I've been having breathing problems lately and it's stopping me from going to train. Hopefully I can do this at the gym.

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  2. Nikss laughter channel Reply

    aahhhhhhhhhhh. . .aahhhhhhhhhhh

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  3. shiza raani Reply

    thank you so much dear. very helpful video. I hope its work for me.

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  4. Larry198s Reply

    I got this shortness of breath after I had my operation on my ear they put a tube down my throat and everything went wrong after they removed it, now im living with this shortness of breathing I hate that very much before my operation I was breathing normally I wished I can get that back.

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  5. Andrew Nelson Reply


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  6. danny collingwood Reply

    It worked for me ….Thanx a lot…..

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  7. theCFseries12 Reply

    thank you! I've been looking for ways to cure difficulty breathing. in the winter, I have difficulty breathing alot. I have to take treatments. I once nearly died. Thank God that I didn't. or that would've been it for me.

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  8. Its_marrie Wademan vlogs Reply

    I've tried this before and it didn't work

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  9. Kiran Verma Reply


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  10. lavish lamouse Reply

    i like how calmly the presenter shares with us all

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  11. HeyHeyHeyBro Reply

    Thanks ?

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