Life and Breath
COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, yet only half of the 35 million Americans affected are aware that their lingering cough or shortness of breath are signs of serious and even fatal lung disease.
To help Americans identify and treat this disorder, Dr. Neil Schachter authored the first book to alert people to their risks for COPD that explains the steps they need to take to prevent and even reverse this life-threatening illness.
In a concise and accessible language, "Life and Breath" contains information the general public needs to protect their lungs and health. It's difficult to overestimate the impact opf COPD on the health of American, but the facts are startling:
There are 50 million smokers and 44 million former smokers in the United State. Researchers predict that up to half of all smokers will develop smoking related health problems including COPD and tha former smokers make have sustained lung damage that can lead to COPD.
"Life and Breath" also contains valuable information for the 25 milion Americans with asthma. Once seen as a separate disease, "Life and Breath" is the first book to explain how asthma, even in people who have never smoked, may lead to cOPD and how simple yet effective advice can prevent the development of chronic, irreversible pulmonary symptoms in asthmatics. Because asthma is a common chronic disease among children and is the leading cause of school absenteeism, Dr. Schachter also covers the similar, but slightly different, treatments recommended for children.
Within the pages of "Life and Breath," readers will find a wealth of information, including:
There are five key groups of people who will need the information offered in "Life and Breath": the millions of people who are unaware of their symptoms of COPD, the milions who suffer from asthma, the 50 million current smokers in America, the 44 million former smokers in America, and the 77 aging baby boomers who need to act now to protect their lungs for the long term.
With the latest medical options and strategies, a thorough explanation of different drugs and how they work, as well as prevention strategies and alternative therapies, "Life and Breath" offers hope, help, and invaluable information for those who want to preserve their health.