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10 Holiday Travel Trips for People with COPD

10 Holiday Travel Trips for People with COPD Crowded airports – holiday traffic – unfamiliar winter roads – travel during the holidays can be stressful for anyone, but it can be especially challenging if you have COPD. Does this mean that people with COPD are homebound for the holidays? Absolutely not! With a little planning, […]

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Preparing for Winter with COPD

Preparing for Winter with COPD COPD exacerbations, more commonly referred to as COPD flare-ups, are twice as likely to occur in winter as in summer due, in part, to the improved survival of lung viruses in colder weather.[1] In addition, between the months of November and February, you’re more likely to be hospitalized as a […]

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How Is COPD Diagnosed?

How Is COPD Diagnosed? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable lung disease that’s characterized by limitation of airflow both into and out of the lungs. According to the Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease, a COPD diagnosis should be considered in any patient who has shortness of breath, a persistent cough […]

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10 Tips for Oxygen Safety in the Home

10 Tips for Oxygen Safety in the Home Home oxygen safety is one of the most important aspects of oxygen therapy whether you choose an oxygen concentrator, oxygen cylinders or a liquid oxygen system as your oxygen supply source. Although oxygen is a safe, non-flammable gas, it does support combustion meaning things burn more readily and […]

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6 Airway Clearance Therapies for COPD Mucus Treatment

6 Airway Clearance Therapies for COPD Mucus Treatment In many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), increased mucus production and retention of excess mucus are persistent problems increasing the risk of lung infections. Because frequent lung infections damage lung tissue even further and worsen COPD, learning how to effectively clear mucus from the air passages […]

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Signs and Symptoms of Emphysema

Signs and Symptoms of Emphysema Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in which the air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs enlarge and eventually rupture. Once the air sacs are damaged, the lungs lose their elasticity and exhalation becomes difficult. As lung damage progresses, the effort it takes to breathe increases and […]

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Understanding Oxygen Saturation Level

Understanding Oxygen Saturation Level When you breathe, oxygen from the ambient air travels through your nose, down your windpipe and into your lungs where it enters the bloodstream. It then travels through the blood bound to hemoglobin – a protein found in red blood cells – to oxygenate the cells, tissues and organs of your […]

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5 Steps to Qualifying for Home Oxygen Therapy

5 Steps to Qualifying for Home Oxygen Therapy If you think you have a health condition that would benefit from oxygen therapy, there are several factors to consider before obtaining a prescription from your doctor. Additionally, Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance companies may pay for home oxygen, but payment is based on diagnosis, laboratory results […]

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Top 7 Benefits of Oxygen Therapy in COPD

Top 7 Benefits of Oxygen Therapy in COPD Are you using oxygen therapy the way it’s prescribed? If you have COPD and the answer is no, you’re not alone. Studies suggest that, despite its many benefits, the average number of hours a patient uses supplemental oxygen is less than what’s prescribed by their doctor. Well-documented […]

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