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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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Emphysema Stages

Emphysema Stages Emphysema is among a group of lung diseases classified as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. A simple breathing test called spirometry is used to diagnose emphysema and determine its severity. Spirometry measures the amount of air entering and leaving the lungs. Two important values that are measured during a spirometry test are: […]

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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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Keeping Your Portable Concentrator in Top Condition

Keeping Your Portable Concentrator in Top Condition The Inogen One G3 portable concentrator is known for being more lightweight, quieter, and more reliable than competitive portable concentrators on the market today.  You may not know, however, that it has a unique feature making it ideal for the active person: replaceable sieve bed columns. How an […]

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Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy

Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy Impaired airway clearance in lung disease leads to inflammation, recurring lung infections and further destruction of lung tissue.[1] Chest physiotherapy (CPT) and postural drainage (PD) are widely prescribed, traditional methods of airway clearance that are often labor-intensive and time consuming for patients to perform. Positive expiratory pressure (PEP) is an airway […]

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High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation Devices

High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation Devices Lung health is dependent upon effective and consistent airway clearance. When airway clearance is compromised, mucus builds up and pools in the airways creating a breeding ground for bacteria and a high risk of infection. Certain medical conditions such as chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and pneumonia are characterized […]

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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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