Category: COPD

What Are the Different Stages of COPD?

Overview Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a progressively worsening disease that causes difficulty breathing. The disease includes chronic bronchitis, a chronic cough with mucus lasting at least three months, and emphysema, abnormal enlargement of the tiny air sacs inside the lungs resulting from destruction of the lining of the lungs. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease develops slowly and may …

Debilitating Symptoms of COPD

Overview Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, affects 12 million Americans, according to the Merck Manual, and is the second most common cause of death. COPD also runs second only to heart disease as a cause of disability that affects people severely enough to have to stop working. COPD, a decrease in air exhaled from the lungs, includes both emphysema …

Music therapy increases effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD patients

Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other chronic respiratory disorders who received music therapy in conjunction with standard rehabilitation saw an improvement in symptoms, psychological well-being and quality of life compared to patients receiving rehabilitation alone, according to a new study by researchers at The Louis Armstrong Center of Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI). …

How to Deal with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease characterized by chronically poor airflow that makes breathing difficult. This progressive disease is also known as chronic obstructive airway disease and chronic obstructive lung disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Men are more likely …

How COPD Can Harm Your Heart

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you’re at an increased risk for developing other health problems, such as osteoporosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) , diabetes, and heart disease. But there are certain times when COPD patients are more vulnerable to heart attack or strokes than other people: in the days and weeks after an exacerbation, a serious flare-up …

Allergies Mistaken for COPD

Respiratory disease impairs the ability of your lungs to derive the necessary amount of oxygen from the air you breathe. Allergies, asthma, chronic bronchitis and COPD — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — have different origins, but all of them limit your lung function either temporarily or permanently. If you’ve received a diagnosis of one type of pulmonary disorder and feel …

6 Signs Your COPD is Getting Worse

Dizziness Morning headaches and morning dizziness can be caused by several health conditions, but it often signals a lack of oxygen and a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood that is caused by not getting enough air at night. Sleeping upright Shortness of breath can make sleeping and moving around more difficult. If you find yourself stacking pillows higher …

4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD — and How to Cope

  It’s a sad fact that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as COPD, have trouble doing what connects us to life – they can’t easily breathe. The disease can affect their airways, air sacs or both. Remarkably, it’s the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Lung Association – affecting more than …