Life with COPD bearable with therapy

Karen Deitemeyer smoked cigarettes for 30 years. Since the time she turned 15, she would smoke two to three packs a day, but in 1991, she decided to quit smoking after being diagnosed with the beginnings of emphysema. She was told she would have to go on oxygen if she didn’t cut the tobacco cord. Unfortunately, the damage was already …

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 …