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COPD & Heart Failure

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Do You Understand COPD & Heart Failure?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

COPD is characterized by flare-ups and remissions.

Explanation:
If you have COPD, it’s important to see your physician regularly, because the disease is characterized by flare-ups and remissions. In some cases, it affects patients silently, and it’s only later that it impacts their quality of life and leads to hospitalization or death.
2

Your healthcare provider may recommend a cardiac enzymes test for COPD and/or heart failure.

Explanation:
To determine if you have COPD and/or heart failure, your physician may perform a physical exam, pulmonary function test, echocardiogram, chest x-ray or cardiac enzymes test.
3

The main treatment for COPD is surgery.

Explanation:
The main treatment for COPD is a bronchodilator (inhaled medication).
4

There are two types of heart failure medications available.

Explanation:
There are a number of different heart failure medications. If your shortness of breath is severe from COPD and heart failure, your physician may also prescribe corticosteroids, antibiotics (to treat a viral infection), machine-assisted breathing or oxygen.
5

Lifestyle changes are also important if you have COPD and/or heart failure.

Explanation:
There are also certain lifestyle changes you’ll need to make, including quitting smoking, eating a heart-healthy and COPD-friendly diet, and getting enough exercise.