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What Do Smoker’s Lungs Look Like?

In the United States alone, 480,000 people lose their lives to tobacco-related deaths every year. Worldwide, that number increases to 6 million. If you’re a lifetime smoker, the chances of you dying from an illness caused by smoking is approximately 50%. While many of us have heard the term “smoker’s lung,” understand what it means, […]

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What is Transient Nocturnal Desaturation?

Transient nocturnal desaturation, also known as nocturnal hypoxemia, is defined as a temporary drop in oxygen saturation during sleep. The condition is a significant problem in COPD, affecting a relatively large number of COPD patients. In fact, one study suggests that 27-70% of COPD patients with daytime oxygen saturation levels of 90-95% experience substantial desaturation […]

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What are the Symptoms of Oxygen Toxicity?

Oxygen therapy is a lifesaver for people with COPD and other chronic (ongoing) illnesses, its benefits known to increase survival, relieve symptoms, increase exercise tolerance, improve health-related quality of life and more.[1] But what happens when you get too much oxygen? And under what circumstances could this occur?  Let’s explore this further. History of “Pure […]

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Respiratory Rate for COPD Patients: What is Normal?

Respiratory rate refers to how many breaths you take per minute. The normal respiratory rate for adults at rest is 12 to 20 breaths per minute. Anything under that is considered bradypnea (breathing too slow) and anything over that is considered tachypnea (breathing too fast). In COPD, breathing rate is often increased, which is due […]

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What are Pulmonary Nodules?

If you’ve recently had a chest X-ray and been told you have pulmonary nodules, you probably have a lot of questions. How long have they been there? What caused them? Could it be cancer? The good news is, over 90% of pulmonary nodules that are smaller than 2 centimeters (3/4 inch) in diameter are benign […]

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How to Care for Your Nasal Cannula

Physicians and other medical experts agree that people with chronic (ongoing) lung diseases like COPD should remain as active as possible, despite their need for oxygen therapy.[1] Thanks to advances in medical technology that have made it possible to create oxygen delivery sources with mobility and portability in mind, it’s never been easier to stay […]

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Are Lung Nodules Cancerous?

Nodules on the lungs are small, round or oval-shaped growths found in the lungs. If a growth is less than three centimeters (1.2 inches) in diameter, it’s considered a nodule. If a growth is larger than three centimeters, it’s considered a pulmonary mass. Are all abnormal growths cancerous? Some of them are, especially larger pulmonary […]

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How Do You Treat Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer accounting for approximately 80-85% of all lung cancer tumors.[1] Although serious, it usually spreads at a slower rate than other types of lung cancer and treatment can sometimes stop it from worsening.[2] Types of NSCLC Tumors There are three main types of […]

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