Our lungs keep us alive and well and we often don't think about them, however it is important to prioritize your lung health. While our body has a natural defense system designed to protect the lungs, there are important things we can do to reduce the risk of lung disease.

  • Don't Smoke - smoking is a major cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

  • Avoid Exposure to Indoor Pollutants - secondhand smoke, chemicals in the home and radon can cause or worsen lung disease.

  • Minimize Exposure to Outdoor Air Pollution

  • Prevent Infection - a cold or other respiratory infection can sometimes become very serious. Get vaccinated, wash your hands often, avoid crowds, stay home if you are sick and maintain good oral hygiene to protect you from germs in your mouth that can lead to infections.

  • Get Regular Check-ups - your health care provider will listen to your breathing and your concerns. Don't hesitate to seek treatment or schedule your annual exam.

  • Exercise - being physically active can help keep your lungs healthy.

For more information on lung health visit the links below:

Protecting Your Lungs

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Respiratory Therapy

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