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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 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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