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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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What is the Primary Cause of COPD?

What is the Primary Cause of COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in this country, behind only heart disease and cancer. The primary cause of COPD is cumulative, chronic (long-term) exposure to cigarette smoking. The American Lung Association estimates that as many as 85% to 90% of those […]

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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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Vibralung Acoustical Percussor: What Is It and How Can It Help?

Vibralung Acoustical Percussor: What Is It and How Can It Help? For years, airway clearance therapy (ACT) involved clapping, with cupped hands, on the chest and back to promote mucus clearance. Then came oscillating chest wall devices like the Vest and vibratory positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy devices like the Acapella. To date, there’s a […]

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What are Hyperinflated Lungs and What Causes It?

What are Hyperinflated Lungs and What Causes It? Hyperinflation of the lungs occurs when damage to the lung tissue results in lungs that become less elastic.[1] When the lungs lose their elasticity, the expulsion of air becomes difficult and it gets trapped inside the lungs.  Hyperinflation can also occur when patients begin to inhale before […]

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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’s the Best Treatment for 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 important […]

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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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