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COPD exacerbation: 5 things EMS providers need to know

Understand how monitoring tools can be used to guide treatment for COPD exacerbations Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects approximately 32 million Americans, and it is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. COPD includes a group of degenerative conditions that impair airflow through the lungs. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD, and chronic bronchitis …

More Than a Feeling: Tired vs COPD Tired

Sometimes the word “tired” just doesn’t cut it when it comes to COPD. Although COPD symptoms can vary from person to person, many people affected by COPD have one symptom in common – fatigue. In fact, our 2016 COPD In America survey revealed that fatigue was the second most common symptom experienced by respondents! When dealing with COPD, fatigue is more than “feeling tired”- it’s …

7 Things That Cause COPD Besides Cigarettes

Despite many misconceptions and stigma, COPD can be caused by a number of things, not just cigarettes. Here is a list of seven things, other than cigarettes, that may cause COPD 1. Wood Smoke and Coal. Wood and coal are both biomass fuels. Many people around the world burn them to produce heat or light. Heat is another byproduct of combustion. But, also produced …

10 Things Not To Say To Someone With COPD

Here are ten things not to say to someone living with COPD. (Followed by what a person with COPD might say in response!) What not to say to someone with COPD “Why are you just sitting around?”  Um, I’m sitting around because I have to conserve my energy. I may be doing it because I’m having a bad COPD day. I may …

Is There a Link Between Gut Health and COPD?

COPD is a chronic disease of the lungs, so you might be confused by the title of this article. I understand — even though I am a retired RN, I never heard much about gut health and its impact on overall health until just a few years ago. But more and more, experts are becoming aware of just how much what’s …

8 Things I Do With COPDers That I Truly Enjoy

By now you know I’m am a respiratory therapist. I will see you if you come into an ER for COPD. I might give you a breathing treatment. I might set up BiPAP. My goal is to help you breathe easier. But there are other things I do that are non-medical. There is a lighter side to my job, a side I think …

‘I was wrong’: Judge admits jailing people for pot ‘haunts’ him after cannabis saved his life

Prior to this year, the state of Florida was regarded as one of the worst possible states to be caught in possession of cannabis. According to a 2009 analysis by former NORML Director Jon Gettman, no state in this country punished people more severely for minor marijuana offenses than Florida. However, thanks in part to a former Florida judge, all this is …

Getting Your Best Sleep – Even With COPD

A restful night’s sleep can be elusive when you have COPD. Do you have to sleep somewhat upright, find yourself getting your oxygen tubing tangled up in your covers or wake up through the night with coughing or shortness of breath? If so, getting enough quality sleep can be a real challenge. Depression, anxiety and medications can also disrupt the quality of your sleep experience. Sleep is …

Healthy Lungs #2: Marijuana And COPD

In this second installment of our Healthy Lungs series, we’ll look at the case for medical marijuana and COPD. It’s no myth that marijuana smokers have an increased lung capacity. But, can the herb actually help treat chronic respiratory illnesses? Contrary to popular belief, many patients with respiratory diseases have found relief with cannabis oil. In this second installment of our Healthy …

Pneumonia & COPD: All You Need To Know

Pneumonia is a common cause of COPD flare-ups. Here is all you need to know about the link between pneumonia and COPD. What is it’s history? Pneumonia has a long history, going all the way back to the ancient and primitive worlds. It was described for the medical community by Hippocrates around 400 B.C. Still, little was known about it until the end of the …