Patty Loveless on How to Recognize Symptoms of COPD
Shortness of Breath? Persistent Cough? Learn the Signs of Lung Disease
By Linda Childers, Special to Lifescript
Country singer Patty Loveless
(Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)
ountry music star Patty Loveless has lost two family members to lung disease. She tells Lifescript all about her fight against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – on the rise in U.S. women – and her own health scares…
Patty Loveless, took center stage as one of country music’s leading ladies in the late ’80s and ’90s. Back then, the award-winning singer churned out hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including five Number 1’s.
These days, the Grand Ole Opry member, 60, is singing a different tune.
More than 15 million people in the U.S. have COPD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Millions more go undiagnosed, mainly because they don’t know the risk factors (smoking and toxin exposure are most common) or don’t recognize symptoms: shortness of breath, persistent cough and lots of mucus.
More than 12 million people in the U.S. have COPD. Another 12 million go undiagnosed, mainly because they don’t know the risk factors (smoking and toxin exposure are most common) or don’t recognize symptoms: shortness of breath, persistent cough and lots of mucous.
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