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Veterans fought for freedom; struggle with lung health

Veterans fought for freedom; struggle with lung health

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After serving their country, many veterans face long-term health challenges but sometimes symptoms may not appear for decades and aren’t quickly recognized, aggravating their condition. The lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an example that’s disproportionately affecting veterans. COPD is now the fourth most common diagnosis among veterans. Approximately 15 percent of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs heath care users are affected with COPD. Veterans are also three times more likely than civilians to develop the respiratory condition.

COPD is a respiratory disease that makes breathing difficult. Tightness in the chest, breathlessness and persistent cough are the hallmark symptoms, but many people with COPD mistake a feeling of breathlessness as just a sign of aging, and often symptoms increase over a period of years. As many as 80 percent of people with COPD in the general population have moderate to severe COPD by the time they are diagnosed.

Recent studies have found there has been an uptick in respiratory diseases, including COPD among veterans, especially those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the disease goes largely unrecognized by caregivers and healthcare providers alike, according to a study by the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.

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One of the key aspects of managing COPD is recognizing symptoms early and taking a proactive approach with your healthcare professional. ‘While COPD affects veterans disproportionately, it is a treatable condition,’ says Dr. Jay Peters, FCCP, CHEST Foundation Leader. ‘We encourage veterans to keep a list of questions and observations about their breathing to bring up with their physician, which will aid in the development of a treatment plan.’

Due to the increased risk for veterans, Dr. David Mannino, Pulmonologist and Medical Expert at GSK, recommends they make it a point to talk to their doctor when they are having trouble with their breathing.

What is COPD?

COPD is a chronic lung disease brought on by occupational dust or chemicals, smoking or secondhand smoke, and exposure to air pollution. In some cases, people develop COPD due to genetic factors passed down through families. COPD includes two lung problems:

* Chronic bronchitis – coughing and mucous production due to inflammation of the airways over a period of several years

* Emphysema – damage to air sacs in the lungs or collapse of the miniscule breathing pathways in the lungs

For a full list of symptoms and to learn more about COPD, visit www.copd.com.


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    • Redneck Survivalist
    • November 23, 2017
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    We all know these morons wouldn't last 5 minutes in the Middle East….Nuff said.

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    • ChristLikeBe
    • November 23, 2017
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    Erol Exposes Alex Jones :-

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    • thejobo85
    • November 23, 2017
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    The liberal left in America and the UK hate their own country. We're screwed!

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    • Key Films Studios
    • November 23, 2017
    Reply

    I hate Democrats.

    This is what they do.

    THEY DISRESPECTED OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!

    DEATH TO ALL DEMOCRATS

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    • pocket
    • November 23, 2017
    Reply

    I am the biker in this video. It is NOT about what I am. It IS about what they are not. I am a Vietnam vet, and will NEVER allow ANYBODY to disrespect that flag. "NOT ON MY WATCH" Pocket- American Patriot. God bless

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    • Horton El Troll
    • November 23, 2017
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    99% of Democrat women are so ugly.

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    • sectheother
    • November 23, 2017
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    america deserves to burn. america is nothing but smoke & mirrors, a false land of freedom and hope. a nation that poisons its water and food supply, a nation that will end the lives of thousands of its own citizens by destroying the world trade center and brainwashing the rest of the country that it was because of muslim extremists. this government does not give a fuck about you or your family, it is only interested in its own power. this country is willing and able to kill every single one of us to remain on the top of the world. and you brainwashed, flag-waving, fools are more than willing to help them along every step of the way. you have been controlled by superstitious religous dogma and the manipulative news media (not to mention manipulated by the entertaiment media to be told how to think and how to act as a society). and i hope im around long enough to see the end of all this, to sit on top of my roof and watch this nation burn.

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    • Moses Martinez
    • November 23, 2017
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    Flag haters should be shot

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    • Filipino Conservitarian
    • November 24, 2017
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    I get sick and tired of these cultural marxist fucktoids!

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    • b deep
    • November 24, 2017
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    I'd like to shove that flat up his and her ass

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    • Joe Gray
    • November 24, 2017
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    That biker is awesome he should have hulk Hogan's theme songs blasting around him, " I am a real American, fight for the rights of every man " great job

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    • Motor City Machine And Mechanical
    • November 24, 2017
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    fuck all you bitches

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    • Hunter Fales
    • November 24, 2017
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    fuck those libtards. thank you biker

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