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COPD Can Affect Sleep and Mental Health

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you know how it can sometimes be a struggle to breathe. Now imagine having trouble sleeping, too. Maybe your symptoms also make you feel anxious or depressed. A recent study found sleep and mental health problems are common in people with this lung disease. More than a breathing problem In a recent …

Is COPD Hereditary?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a serious chronic condition that leads to progressively reduced lung capacity because of persistent inflammation and tissue damage. While normally seen in smokers, people who lack the enzyme Alpha1-antitrypsin (AAT) are at increased risk for developing the disease. History COPD is first described in medical literature in the 19th century. British physician Charles …

What Are the Treatments for COPD Cough?

Overview COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, encompasses bronchitis and emphysema, two lung diseases characterized by inflammation of the airways and excessive mucous production which block airways. According to Donna D. Ignatavicius, MS RN, and M. Linda Workman, PhD, authors of the 2006 edition of “Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking for Collaborative Care” treatments for COPD aim to control symptoms of …

5 Signs and Symptoms of Lung Infection In COPD

Learn These Signs So You Can Live With Fewer Exacerbations Not everyone who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has an active lung infection. But, people with COPD are predisposed to lung infections. And having a lung infection when you are diagnosed with COPD can be quite serious. Lung infections can cause COPD exacerbations. In fact, it’s estimated that up to …

Everything to Know About the Latest COPD Treatments

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a terrible disease that currently affects over 12 million Americans. It is the third leading cause of death amongst adults in the United States. The primary cause of this debilitating illness is smoking, and this terrible habit continues to take our loved ones away, especially since there currently is no cure for COPD. …

The Best 5 Gifts for Someone with COPD

It’s that time of the year again. Here’s how to shop for gifts for someone with COPD. Shopping for someone else is always a difficult task. Not only can it be hard to determine what someone else wants, needs or could use, but when adding in their tastes, even the right gift can come with a variety of choices and …

11 Breathing Tips for People With COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, affects more than 12 million American adults. The term COPD includes two types of lung conditions: emphysema and bronchitis. Many people diagnosed with COPD have both emphysema and bronchitis. Together, the two reduce the amount of oxygen exchange in the lungs and thicken the lining of the airways. COPD is progressive and causes shortness …

The Best Fluids to Drink With COPD

Getting the right mix of nutrients in your diet may help your breathing, says the American Lung Association. That includes both food and fluids. The best fluids for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, are the ones that help you meet your nutrient needs for better lung health. Consult your doctor to discuss your individual fluid needs and …

8 Ways to Manage COPD in the Winter

By John Walsh, Special to Everyday Health Do your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)flare-ups seem to worsen and become more frequent in the winter months? It’s not your imagination. Researchers who studied 7,000 people with COPD for one year found that COPD-related exacerbations occur twice as often in winter than in summer. The same study found that, although hospitalization rates …