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Health P.E.I.’s COPD program is urging Islanders to evaluate whether they should be tested for COPD.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a lung disease that causes coughing, wheezing and fatigue, is a major cause of hospitalization on the Island, second only to childbirth as the reason for admissions.
In fact, an estimated 8,000 Islanders have COPD in one of its two forms – chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Anyone who is over 40 years of age and is a current or ex-smoker should do the Canadian Lung Health Test to see if they may need further testing.
Do you cough regularly?
Do you cough up phlegm regularly?
Do even simple chores make you short of breath?
Do you wheeze when you exert yourself (exercise, go upstairs?)
Do you get many colds and do your colds usually last longer than your friends’ colds?
A “yes” to one of more of these questions means a person is at risk of having COPD and should talk to a doctor or nurse practitioner about further screening.
Prince Edward Island’s COPD program provides education, support and advice for Islanders with COPD. Health P.E.I. offers regular COPD risk assessment at locations in Souris, Montague, Charlottetown, Hunter River, North Rustico, Kensington, Summerside, Wellington, Tyne Valley, O’Leary and Alberton.