Category: COPD

Confusion & End Stage of COPD

The late stages of COPD become evident with the onset of symptoms such as difficulty breathing, fast heart rate, mental confusion and low blood oxygen content. While COPD is terminal, little if any palliative care is afforded them. Identification COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. COPD is a progressive …

Exercise May Extend Lives of People With COPD

Regular exercise could help boost the survival of people who’ve left the hospital after battlingchronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds. “We know that physical activity can have a positive benefit for people with COPD and these findings confirm that it may reduce the risk of dying following hospitalization,” study lead author Dr. Marilyn Moy, assistant professor of …

Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce infections for COPD patients

A derivative of the fish oil could also be effective against pneumonia, bronchitis and ear infections, all of which are caused by the same bacteria. mega-3 fatty acids could help the body fight lung infections common to inflammatory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, according to new research. The acids, found in salmon, helped clear inflammation tied …

COPD and Oxygen Therapy Guidelines: When Is It Necessary?

Before oxygen therapy is prescribed there are guidelines or criteria that must be met. These criteria involve a blood test. (These blood test criteria must also be met for Medicare and other insurers to pay for the oxygen costs.) Medical experts produced the criteria. They establish what the levels of oxygen in the blood must be for oxygen therapy to …

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 …