3 Ways to Increase Your Lung Capacity

Many sports in today’s action-packed world require you to use a vast amount of air in order to be successful. While there are ways to increase the size of your lungs, there are also many ways to increase the amount of air taken in by your lungs, and the efficiency with which they capture oxygen. Practice these exercises daily, and …

Signs of COPD: How to Know When It’s Time to Get Help

It’s important to know the warning signs of COPD, and more importantly when it’s time to act. The unfortunate reality of many who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is that they often receive their diagnosis only when the disease has fully developed. As we’ve mentioned before, the hallmark signs and symptoms of COPD can often be confused with …

What Are the Last Stages of COPD

Stage III and Stage IV are classified as the last stages of COPD, also referred to as severe and end-stage COPD. Of the four stages of COPD, these phases include the most severe symptoms, need the most progressive treatments and can be life-threatening. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images) COPD is the acronym for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is caused by long-term exposure …

How Albuterol Works in a COPD Patient

How Albuterol Works Normally, air travels through the mouth, pass the oropharynx, down the trachea, to the small air passages, and finally to the alveoli. The alveoli are small, inflated, balloon-shaped structures where oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide, thus sustaining life. This exchange is interrupted when there is obstruction anywhere along this pathway. Causes of airway obstruction include excess …