Wednesday , January 24 2018

New study offers insights on genetic indicators of COPD risk

Researchers have discovered that genetic variations in the anatomy of the lungs could serve as indicators to help identify people who have low, but stable, lung function early in life, and those who are particularly at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) because of a smoke-induced decline in lung function. The …

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What You Need to Know About COPD and Sleep Apnea

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an umbrella term for a number of progressive lung diseases, is a serious condition that affects 30 million Americans. Characterized by symptoms like breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and tightness in the chest, COPD is commonly caused by smoking and environmental factors.It’s the third-leading cause of death in …

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Different COPD Stages: How Do You Know It’s Near the End

COPD Stage 1 (Mild) is where you want to catch the disease to be diagnosed. However, due to the lack of symptoms it often goes undiagnosed until a later stage. The main reason COPD Stage 1 symptoms go unnoticed is because according to GOLD guidelines, stage 1 COPD patients still have an …

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Flying With COPD: What You Need to Know

Air Travel With COPD Is the thought of air travel too daunting to contemplate, or are you a frequent flyer? Many other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) sufferers tell me it’s too hard. With my experiences I have come to the conclusion that while flying with COPD can be difficult, it …

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Everything You Should Know About COPD

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a condition that damages the lungs and causes difficulty breathing. If the disease goes untreated, it can become painful and uncomfortable, and it can interfere with your day-to-day life. COPD occurs as a mix of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Chronic bronchitis is the …

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Care and Cleaning of Your Oxygen Equipment

Supplemental oxygen therapy is one of the most basic treatments for people with COPD, especially as the disease progresses. If you or your loved one use oxygen, you are probably aware of the safety precautions, but do you know how to care for and clean the oxygen equipment? If not, you are …

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3 COPD Symptoms That Could Predict Hospitalization

For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), fear during episodes of breathlessness, dyspnea during typical daily activities, and depressive symptoms may be good predictors of hospitalization. A new study published in The International Journal of COPD has determined that these patient-reported symptoms are important forecasters to look for. Health care providers …

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Bed sores are a little-known result of COPD

Dear Dr. Roach • I am 89 years old and just learned that I have the first stages of bed sores on my buttocks. My dermatologist said that I should stay off of it as much as possible and apply hydrocortisone cream. I have COPD, and I need to sleep sitting …

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How Do You Manage COPD Stress?

Living with a chronic condition like COPD can be extremely challenging and stressful at times. From managing symptoms and treatment plans to interacting with loved ones and friends, there is a great deal to manage, which can cause obstacles in daily life and relationships. While people may experience stress in different ways, and even the causes of stress can vary …

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