Recovering from COVID-19

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, many people have - or know someone who has - experienced the virus. According to the CDC, older adults and people with underlying health conditions are at a higher risk for severe illness and long-term complications from COVID-19. Like the symptoms and illness, recovery from COVID-19 is not the same for everyone.

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Living well with COPD

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COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a destructive disease. It's the third highest cause of death in the United States. In 2015, the American Lung Association ranked Indiana in the top five worst state for COPD. It is most often associated with people who smoke or who have had long-term exposure to harmful fumes. There is no cure for COPD, but it can be controlled and even reduced and it's important to get a diagnosis as early as possible. 

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COPD is treatable with early detection

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the medical name for the family of diseases that cause breathing difficulties. Often referred to as COPD, the disease inflames your lung tissue. This inflammation causes obstruction in your respiratory pathways. It is most often associated with people who smoke or who have had a long-term exposure to harmful fumes.

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Non-invasive screening for lung cancer: what you need to know

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Most lung cancer is not detected until patients are symptomatic and see a doctor. By the time those symptoms appear, the cancer has typically spread and is considered late stage. Late stage lung cancer has a 5 year survival rate of just 15%. If detected early, the 10 year survival rate jumps to 92%! Those are odds everyone can appreciate. Learn more about screening criteria and the benefits of early detection of lung cancer.

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Warning signs of lung disease

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Some people think that having difficulty breathing is just part of aging. However, breathing difficulties should never be ignored. Problems breathing or catching your breath after even minimal exertion can be the first signs of lung disease, including COPD, asthma and lung cancer. Learn the early warning signs so you can seek treatment before lung disease becomes serious or even life threatening. Early detection can save your life.

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