Category: COPD

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 …

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 …

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 results of the study, which was funded by the National …

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 the United States. Living with COPD is difficult enough on …

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 FEV1 of 80% or higher. A lot of times, patients can …

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 is possible. Starting Point If you plan to travel by …