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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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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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