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Breathing is hard when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). You may take quick, short breaths. Breathing this way makes it harder to get air into your lungs. Learning new ways to control your breathing may help. You may feel better and be able to do more.
You can try three basic ways to control your breathing. They are pursed-lip breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, and breathing while bending.
Use these methods when you are more short of breath than normal. Practise them often so you can do them well.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: February 24, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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