Respiratory disease affects 1 in 5 Canadians.
Certified Asthma and Respiratory Educators can help.
Canada has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world with an estimated three million Canadians living with asthma. Most Canadians with asthma do not have their asthma under control. Several Canadian studies have shown that proper patient education results in fewer symptoms, fewer trips to the emergency room and even a reduced number of asthma deaths.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is on the rise globally and is projected to become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2020 and even now, more Canadian women will lose their lives to COPD than breast cancer. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It is the only chronic disease with increasing mortality rates. There is however, a serious lack of awareness amongst the public and healthcare professionals.