What climate is best for COPD?

Cary asked...

With having COPD, would I be better off in the winter in warmer weather (Florida or Arizona)or cooler weather (Michigan)? Or does it really matter?

Expert Answer

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

From what I know, there is no studies that show hot vs. cold climate has any effect on the course of COPD. The more important factor that you should consider would be air quality (pollution rates)of the area where you want to live, as areas with bad air quality would definitely cause breathing difficulty for a person with COPD. Another thing to consider is elevation above sea level, as higher elevations have less oxygen in the air, causing someone with COPD to work harder to breathe.

The best way to take care of your COPD is to make sure you get seen regularly by your health care provider, stop smoking, and take your medications as directed.

Good luck!