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Safe Oxygen Levels: What Should My Oxygen Level Be?

Safe Oxygen Levels: What Should My Oxygen Level Be? If you’re using supplemental oxygen, it’s important to understand what your oxygen levels should be and when your oxygen levels aren’t safe. Many people with COPD have oxygen levels that are below normal, even when using supplemental oxygen. At what point do your oxygen levels go […]

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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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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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