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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 not alone! Honestly, I think I’d been caring for my mother, …

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 are in need of simple tools to stratify COPD patients’ …

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 up. I wonder if you have any other suggestions to …

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 from person to person, one thing that remains the same …

Women and COPD: How Is It Different?

March is Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day, so I thought I would use these events as a reason to honor the many women who are fighting COPD these days. At one point in our history, COPD was considered more of a man’s disease. But over the past 50 years or so, the number of women dying from …

COPD: How to Breathe Better and Save Energy

What is COPD? COPD is a condition that affects the lungs and airways. COPD stands for chronic (KRON-ick) obstructive (ob-STRUCK-tiv) pulmonary (PULL-muh-nair-ee) disease. Chronic means the condition is long term. You will have it the rest of your life. COPD usually gets worse over time, but you can learn how to manage it. Pulmonary refers to the lungs and airways. The condition is obstructive because it …

6 tips for living well with COPD

Sarah shares her tips for managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The last few weeks I’ve had both a cold and a chest infection. It’s meant I haven’t been able to go out for my usual run round the park, and I’ve really struggled to get some sleep…and so has my husband thanks to my coughing and fidgeting! This might …

COPD patients can now breathe easy with CPAP therapy

This article will help you understand what is COPD and how we can treat it effectively with CPAP therapy. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that include chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Symptoms of COPD A chronic condition that makes breathing difficult, COPD symptoms include increased breathlessness, frequent coughing (with and without sputum), wheezing and tightness in the …

Statins may help people with COPD live longer

The question Because most people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, many of them take a cholesterol-lowering statin drug. Might they also reap other benefits from taking a statin? This study The researchers analyzed data on 39,678 people 50 and older (average age, 71) who had COPD. About 20 percent of them also …