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Stages of COPD

COPD is a common lung condition characterized by the persistent, abnormal decrease of airflow leaving the lungs. This airflow limitation is usually progressive, not fully reversible and does not change markedly over a period of several months.[1] A breathing test known as spirometry is required to confirm a diagnosis of COPD. During a spirometry test, […]

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Oxygen Saturation

Oxygen saturation is a term used to define how much oxygen your blood is carrying. An estimate of your oxygen level can be easily measured with a pulse oximeter, a non-invasive device that attaches to the end of your finger. A more accurate method of measuring oxygen levels is with an arterial blood gas (ABG) […]

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COPD Awareness Month 2016

It’s that time again, COPD Awareness Month 2016 is here! This is a time of the year that healthcare professionals, patients, and others focus on promoting education and awareness for COPD in America. During this month, we’d like to encourage YOU to support those living with COPD by: Spreading awareness of COPD Sharing information, resources, and […]

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COPD and Disability: Is COPD a Work Disability?

COPD and Disability: Is COPD a Work Disability? Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can lead to varying levels of disability that may interfere with your ability to maintain regular, full-time employment. But is COPD a work disability that automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits? That depends on a number of factors. How is […]

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The Benefits of the Traveling CPAP Machine

The Benefits of the Traveling CPAP Machine Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the treatment of choice for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s also used to treat COPD and overlap syndrome, a term used when OSA and COPD occur together. CPAP promotes better breathing by providing continuous airflow and applying a gentle pressure to the […]

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When to See a Pulmonary Specialist

When to See a Pulmonary Specialist If you have COPD, you may be wondering when to see a pulmonary specialist. Because a pulmonary specialist, or pulmonologist, specializes in diseases of the lungs and bronchial tubes, adding one to your repertoire of health care providers is something you may want to consider. But should you consult […]

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The Importance of COPD Support Groups

Depression – anxiety – fear – anger – the emotional impact of COPD is often overlooked. But studies show that depression and anxiety can increase your risk for COPD flare-ups.[1] That’s why finding a COPD support group is an important part of living with the disease. Not only will a COPD support group help you […]

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The Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT)

The six-minute walk test (6MWT) was originally used for evaluating exercise tolerance in people with chronic lung disease and heart failure. The test has since been used as a one-time measurement of functional status in a variety of patients, to provide information about a patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living and to evaluate […]

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Do I Have COPD?

Do I have COPD? This is a question many people may ask themselves after years of smoking or exposure to other types of airway irritants. Although a person can have COPD for many years without noticing symptoms, there are certain factors that can increase the risk of developing the disease. Risk Factors for COPD Smoking […]

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