Live Healthy Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Care
Could you have COPD?
Listen to this podcast from the CDC on the signs and effects of COPD.
Do you or a family member have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Do you have trouble breathing, a chronic cough, bring up phlegm,
and/or have a history of smoking? The UnitedHealthcare Live Healthy COPD Care
program may help you.
The program is designed for members with COPD who are 40 - 75 years of age. The program
provides educational materials to help teach members about COPD and how to manage it.
What is COPD?
According to the Agency for Research Healthcare and Quality, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a chronic lung disease that affects 16 million adults in the United States. With COPD, the lungs are damaged and it is difficult to breathe. COPD causes the airways and airsacs in your lungs to close up. This causes shortness of breath, chronic cough and sputum production.
COPD cannot be cured but your doctor can help improve your symptoms and slow the damage to your lungs. With proper education, people with COPD can work to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
How can I manage my COPD?
If you are a smoker, stop smoking. It is the best thing you can do to help your lungs. Your doctor can discuss available resources to help you stop smoking. Talk with your doctor and work together to create a COPD self-management action plan. This plan will help you know which medicines to take and when to call your doctor. If you cannot follow the COPD action plan, tell your doctor and discuss options. Write down the questions you may have before your doctor's visit. Learning about your COPD will help put you in control. There are medicines available to help manage your symptoms. It is important to take the correct medications. You need to know which medicine to take on a daily basis and which to take if your symptoms get worse.
What is the Live Healthy COPD Care Program?
Read our current COPD Newsletter (English) / (en Español).
Members enrolled in the Live Healthy COPD Program receive educational materials to inform them about their COPD.