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What is Interstitial Lung Disease?

The term interstitial lung disease (ILD) refers to a broad range of progressive lung disorders characterized by inflammation and scarring of the lungs. Interstitial lung diseases affect the interstitium, the lace-like network of tissue between and supporting the microscopic alveoli (air sacs). The interstitium is filled with tiny blood vessels that allow for gas exchange […]

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Is Bronchitis Contagious?

Bronchitis can be defined as an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. Bronchitis can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms including a nasty cough that brings up mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, a low-grade fever and chest pain or discomfort.[1] But is bronchitis contagious? That depends on which […]

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How COPD Patients Can Avoid Hyperventilating

Some people with COPD are prone to hyperventilating, or rapid, deep breathing. When a person hyperventilates, it causes a decrease in the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas in the blood. This can lead to disturbing symptoms. Symptoms of Hyperventilation Hyperventilation can cause, or be accompanied by, the following symptoms, which may last up to […]

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CPR for COPD Patients

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) helps save lives, yet each year, almost 90% of people who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (sudden cessation of heart function) die.[1] When a cardiac arrest occurs at home, your loved one’s survival depends upon you knowing how to accurately perform CPR. If performed within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, CPR […]

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Upper Respiratory Infection

What is an Upper Respiratory Infection?  Ahhh, the upper respiratory infection (URI). It’s one of the most common reasons for visiting the doctor every year. It’s also the most common illness resulting in missed days of work and school.[1] Most frequently occurring in the fall and winter, the upper respiratory infection is a contagious infection […]

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Understanding Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious medical condition that occurs when one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs suddenly becomes blocked. If the blood clot is large enough, it can obstruct the flow of blood to the lungs which can be life-threatening. While obtaining prompt medical attention can greatly improve your chances for […]

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11 Tips for Cruising with Oxygen

Thanks to advances in medical technology, travel opportunities for people needing supplemental oxygen have increased exponentially. Not only can oxygen-dependent passengers carry their own portable oxygen concentrators that meet FAA requirements on board all flights[1], but most major cruise lines are happy to accommodate passengers with disabilities who are cruising with oxygen. Although cruise ships […]

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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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