Moving isn't always an option, but managing our environmnt can work, too!
Best Places for COPD Patients
By Dennis Thompson Jr. — From everydayhealth.com August 24, 2011 7,917 1 3
Is the grass starting to look greener somewhere else? Americans are used to the idea that they can live wherever they like, regardless of factors such as climate and altitude. But things aren’t that simple for the more than 12 million Americans who have been diagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD patients are easily affected by a number of factors associated with location, and they need to keep those factors in mind when considering a move to a new locale.
Doctors estimate there are around 12 million people in the United States with COPD. The most common illnesses associated with the disease are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is nearly always caused by exposure to cigarette smoke, although long-term exposure to other air pollutants also can prompt the disease. It is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States.
The best places for COPD patients to live feature a specific set of conditions that make it easier to live with and treat the disease. These include:
A temperate climate
If you also have allergies, low levels of pollen and other airborne allergens
Low levels of airborne pollutants
An altitude close to sea level
Plenty of doctors and ready access to health care