How does a portable oxygen concentrator work?

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Portable oxygen concentrators are medical devices that help people with chronic lung conditions increase the oxygen level in their blood. Unlike the oxygen tanks and liquid oxygen systems that require replacement and refills, portable oxygen concentrators purify the oxygen from the air we breathe: 1. The concentrator draws in the air from the environment. The air that goes into the … Read More

Women have more severe COPD symptoms than men

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Women suffer more severe COPD symptoms then men, according to a recent study. Although more research is needed, some of the reasons may be the differences in lung volume and size, as well as evidence that estrogen may compound the effects of tobacco smoke. Read more about the study.

COPD Prevalence in the UK

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In the United Kingdom, an estimated 1.2 million people have been diagnosed with COPD. According to the British Lung Foundation’s Respiratory Health of the Nation project, around 2% of the population–4.5% of people over 40–live with the diagnosis of COPD. The study also showed that the prevalence of this disease is growing, with the number of people who have been … Read More

Coping with COPD

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If you are a COPD patient, it is common to have feelings of sadness, fear and worry as you learn to live with the disease. However, if those feelings persist, you may be experiencing the symptoms of clinical anxiety or depression. Clinical anxiety is constant worrying to the point where it is difficult to manage your day to day activities, … Read More

Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD Patients

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If you have a chronic lung disease, you may benefit from a pulmonary rehabilitation program. It is a program of exercise, education and support to help patients improve physical conditioning and emotional health, decrease symptoms and reduce hospitalizations. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs take a team approach to patient care with a group of professionals including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, counselors and … Read More

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

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Every year people make resolutions that center around wellness, such as eating better and exercising more. For COPD patients, there are several steps that can help you improve your overall well-being, better manage your symptoms and slow down the disease progression. If you are not already doing these, it’s not too late for that New Year’s resolution: Quit smoking Smoking … Read More

COPD and Exercise

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Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle, but COPD patients often feel it is not safe or even possible for them. They are concerned about dyspnea, or shortness of breath, and they fear they might make their disease worse. However, there are exercise options and programs for people with COPD, and your doctor can help come up with the right … Read More

Traveling with COPD

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Today is World COPD Day, and a perfect opportunity to learn about traveling with COPD. People with COPD can enjoy taking trips away from home, even those patients who are on oxygen therapy. Traveling with COPD requires some preparation, including talking to your doctor, but with advanced planning people with COPD can enjoy safe and fun trips. The COPD Foundation … Read More

COPD and Oxygen Therapy

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Patients with COPD may need supplemental oxygen to help their bodies and organs function normally. Oxygen therapy is prescribed by a physician and can be used at home, either short or long-term. Since supplemental oxygen needs vary, there are different oxygen delivery equipment types to best fit your oxygen needs and lifestyle. Oxygen therapy can help you stay active and … Read More

How’s COPD Diagnosed?

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November is the National COPD Awareness Month and a perfect time to get a spirometry test. A spirometry test can help your doctor diagnose COPD. It is an easy test that measures how well your lungs are working. People with early stage COPD may not notice symptoms until the disease progresses to the moderate stage. Leaving COPD undiagnosed and untreated … Read More