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Tips for Staying Healthy With Moderate COPD

COPD is a chronic, progressive illness, but you can help yourself stay as healthy as possible during each stage by following a treatment plan and making some lifestyle changes. For the purposes of treatment, COPD is classified into 4 different stages. In Stage 2, which is also called moderate COPD, symptoms are more apparent than in mild COPD. Lung function has deteriorated to the …

COPD, sensory function, and secretions management

COPD in the ICU It’s another day in the ICU, consulted to see a patient with (COPD) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease exacerbation. Nurse reports intermittent coughing with meals. Entering the room, the patient has audible wet voice, wheezing, increased work of breathing, fatigue, and weak cough with congestion. Clinical intuition kicks in, contemplating the potential dysphagia severity, with the impaired …

It was easier to smoke than find food

Jane didn’t manage to quit smoking until after she got COPD. But giving up cigarettes in time helped her to survive lung cancer and a pneumonectomy. When I was diagnosed with lung cancer, I really thought it was all over. Then one of my friends told me “nothing is set in stone”. And I’m still here, 16 years later. Cigarettes were easier than …

Study Reveals Mechanism by Which Stem Cells Improve Symptoms in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

In response to the limitation of current treatments of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers have posted that stem cells may be a good option for patients who suffer from COPD. One of the key characteristics of COPD is inflammation seen in the lungs, and this inflammation leads to tissue destruction. Thus, researchers have tried to zero in on stem cells …

COPD: “It’s like Suffocating to Death”

By Alison Johnson Many people might be able to guess the first- and second-leading causes of death in the United States: heart disease, followed by all types of cancer. As for No. 3, few probably could. It’s not stroke, not accidents, not Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes, but Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. Now, a new anti-smoking campaign from the …

How COPD Affects Oxygen Saturation Levels

For those people living with a chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there are many factors when measuring one’s health. These factors can include various sets of metrics which help the patient better understand the current state of their health. One of these metrics is oxygen saturation levels. Oxygen saturation is one factor in determining how easy …

Tips for Managing COPD Pain

Pain management is an important part of treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), yet so often, the medical support system may overlook pain as an element of COPD. As we all know, COPD is a disease of the lungs. Although COPD doesn’t cause lung pain per se, it can cause chest pain due to factors such as coughing. Pain management strategies may be of …

Life with COPD bearable with therapy

Karen Deitemeyer smoked cigarettes for 30 years. Since the time she turned 15, she would smoke two to three packs a day, but in 1991, she decided to quit smoking after being diagnosed with the beginnings of emphysema. She was told she would have to go on oxygen if she didn’t cut the tobacco cord. Unfortunately, the damage was already …

9 Ways To Manage And Reduce The Severity Of COPD

Being diagnosed with chronic obstruct pulmonary disease – or COPD – does not mean a lifetime of dependency on medication. A group of diseases (chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and sometimes asthma with permanent damage) that affects over 15 million Americans, COPD usually begins as a cough marked by mucus and phlegm, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and shortness of breath. Although there isn’t a …