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Inogen One G4: Innovative Oxygen Just Got Better

Innovative Oxygen Just Got Better Over the past 15 years, the oxygen therapy market has been revolutionized through product innovations in portability.  Inogen was one of the first to introduce a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) that eliminated the need for unwieldy oxygen tanks.  Able to convert room air to almost pure oxygen, the Inogen One […]

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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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What Is a COPD Exacerbation?

What is a COPD Exacerbation? COPD exacerbation, also called a COPD flare-up, is defined as a period of time when COPD symptoms worsen. Because having an exacerbation can lead to disability, hospitalization and even death, it’s important for you to recognize the symptoms of an exacerbation and know what to do if you feel one […]

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD

Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD Pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD is a program of education and exercise that helps you reduce your COPD symptoms, improve your quality of life and increase physical and emotional participation in your everyday activities. Although exercise training plays a key role in a pulmonary rehabilitation program, many programs cover a wide range […]

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a rapidly developing, life-threatening condition in which fluid builds up in the air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs preventing oxygen from reaching your bloodstream. This deprives your organs from getting the oxygen they need to function properly. Causes of ARDS There […]

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Can COPD Be Reversed?

Can COPD Be Reversed? The lung damage caused by COPD is irreversible, but making important lifestyle changes and complying with COPD treatment can slow the progression of the disease, sometimes dramatically. Which Lifestyle Changes are Important in COPD? While your lifestyle may have played a critical role in the development of COPD, it also plays an […]

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What’s the Best Treatment for COPD?

What are the best ways to treat COPD? Although COPD is irreversible, treatment can slow disease progression, reduce symptoms, prevent flare-ups and improve quality of life. What’s the best treatment for COPD? The following details updated treatment recommendations from the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD): Smoking Cessation Quitting smoking is the single most […]

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Breathing Exercises for COPD

Breathing Exercises for COPD Having a health condition like COPD makes breathing more difficult. And feeling short of breath causes anxiety that leads to worsening breathlessness. Breathing exercises for COPD can help you strengthen your breathing muscles, get more oxygen and breathe with less effort.[1]  The two most common breathing exercises for COPD are pursed-lip […]

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Pulse Oximetry & Oxygen Saturation: What Oxygen Therapy Users Need to Know

Pulse Oximetry & Oxygen Saturation: What Oxygen Therapy Users Need to Know A pulse oximeter is a handy medical device that uses two frequencies of light – red and infrared – to determine the percentage of hemoglobin in the blood that is saturated with oxygen, or your oxygen saturation level. When oxygen saturation is measured […]

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