For people with chronic lung diseases, such as COPD, oxygen therapy is prescribed to increase the oxygen level in their blood. However, many patients do not comply with their prescribed treatment, with reasons ranging from self-consciousness to not understanding the benefits.
If you or your loved one has been prescribed oxygen therapy, here is a closer look at some of the benefits of long-term oxygen therapy:
- Increased survival – by far, the most important benefit for people with COPD is that it prolongs your life if you have more severe resting hypoxemia (low levels of oxygen in your blood).
- Reduced complications – supplemental oxygen helps reduce COPD complications by stabilizing pulmonary hypertension, reducing secondary polycythemia, and decreasing arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms).
- Lessened symptoms – supplemental oxygen can help relieve dyspnea (shortness of breath) and other symptoms related to COPD, including fatigue, dizziness, and depression.
- Improved health-related quality of life – not only does supplemental oxygen improve your sleep and mood, it also increases your mental alertness and stamina, allowing you to get more done during the day.
These are just a few of the many benefits of oxygen therapy, so read more.