What is ECMO?

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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, is a therapy that adds oxygen to a patient’s blood and pumps it through their body. The process takes place outside the body, hence the term “extracorporeal”. There are two types of ECMO: VA (venous-artery) and VV (venous-venous). VA ECMO is used for cardiac bypass while VV ECMO is typically used for respiratory bypass. ECMO is … Read More

Five breathing exercises for COPD

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COPD affects your ability to breathe well, with symptoms including wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. These symptoms can worsen over time, but there are breathing exercises that can help you manage them. Practicing breathing exercises regularly can help reduce your exertion during daily activities and even aid in returning to exercising. The five breathing exercises that are especially … Read More

Does psoriasis cause COPD?

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Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes widespread inflammation. Although it is typically associated with skin, it can affect other parts of the body, including the lungs. Researchers found that people with psoriasis have a greater risk of developing COPD compared to the general population, with the risk higher in people with severe psoriasis. Not everyone with psoriasis will develop … Read More

Gender differences in COPD

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Many think of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as a man’s disease. That view used to be supported by statistics, with the number of men compared to women who died from COPD reported as 5 to 1 in 1959. However, between 1968-1999, the number of women dying from COPD increased by 382% while the number of men increased by only … Read More

Six lifestyle changes to help manage COPD

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People with COPD often feel that they can no longer live the life they’re used to. However, by making a few lifestyle changes people with COPD can enjoy fulfilling lifestyles while managing their disease: Stop smoking – this is a top priority to help manage your COPD. Your doctor can help you select the best program, strategy or product to … Read More

Dusty workplace may increase the risk of COPD

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More than one in ten people with a range of non-cancerous lung diseases may be sick due to breathing in dust and fumes at work, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study estimates the occupational burden of COPD at 14 percent, and notes that the role of occupational factors in … Read More

What is GOLD?

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If you or your loved one has COPD, you may have heard of the Global Initiative For Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, or GOLD. But what is it, exactly?  GOLD was launched in 1997 with the purpose of improving the lives of people with COPD worldwide. Collaborating with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health and the … Read More

True or False? Get the facts about COPD.

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COPD is the third leading cause of death and affects roughly 24 million Americans. However, there are many misconceptions floating around about this disease. To help clarify some of the misinformation, the CHEST Foundation has created an infographic to bust some of those COPD myths and replace them with facts: https://foundation.chestnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/COPD-MYTHBUSTER-2-22.pdf

Traveling with Supplemental Oxygen

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Summer vacation time is here, but people with COPD often feel reluctant to travel far from home. However, with proper preparation, even the patients who use supplemental oxygen can safely and easily travel wherever they wish to go, even by air. Here are a few tips: Speak to your doctor about your travel plans. Contact your airline, bus/train carrier or … Read More

Avoiding COPD Complications in the Summer

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For people with COPD, summer heat and humidity can worsen their COPD symptoms, including shortness of breath and bronchospasms. However, while we cannot control the weather, we can control our environment and exposure to the summer heat – here are a few tips on preventing serious summertime complications: Stay cool – if possible, stay indoors in air-conditioned areas. When driving, … Read More