Long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) has been shown by extensive research data to improve overall survival, reduce hospitalizations, increase exercise tolerance as well as promote general well-being and quality of life to those with chronic respiratory failure. Typically patients requiring this therapy have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Another lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis as well as well as cancers that affect lung function either from a primary lung cancer or secondarily from a malignancy that has spread to the lungs may also require LTOT. Cardiac disease, such as congestive heart failure or cor pulmonale, also benefit from oxygen therapy.
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Here is a thank you letter Oxygen Concentrator/AMSR received from Make-A-Wish Colorado on April 20, 2016. Four-year old Zoie, achieved here dream of playing in the sand and swimming in the ocean.
Dear Mr. Vannatta,
Thank you for your recent gift of medical equipment rental. Your support is greatly appreciated and clearly reflects your commitment to our mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Please know that your contribution to Make-A-Wish has a very real and positive impact.
Zoie always imagined going on a beach vacation to see the ocean. Her one true wish was a trip to Newport Beach, California, and Make-A-Wish was about to make it come true. Zoie was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was six weeks old. Zoie, four-years-old, must adhere to a strict regimen of treatments and hospital visits. A beach vacation was the perfect distraction for her and her family.
Once you’ve purchased or rented a portable oxygen concentrator unit, you can look forward to travel with a lightweight, maneuverable machine! Let’s take a look at attractions in San Diego, California perfect for seniors traveling with oxygen.
First stop, Balboa Park. Built in 1916 for the Panama-California Expo, this 1200 acre park features gorgeous Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and many art museums and galleries. Be sure not to miss the Spanish Village Art Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the Veterans Museum, and the Japanese Friendship Garden.
If you have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), you know how difficult everyday tasks can be. Having trouble breathing can be exhausting, and not having enough oxygen in your body leads to fatigue. While you still need to take the medication your doctor prescribes you; you can look into other health and diet tips for COPD patients.
One thing you can do that can make a big difference in how you feel, is changing your diet. People who have COPD should be eating a particular diet to have more energy in smaller quantities. With COPD you may have found yourself getting full much quicker, and getting tired while you're trying to eat, which means you're not finishing meals leaving you without the calories you need to stay active.
Unlike traditional, bulky, oxygen tanks, oxygen concentrators are light-weight and portable. Concentrators pull oxygen from the surrounding air, so you don’t have to worry about delivery of refill tanks. Instead, room air passes into the unit, oxygen is separated from the nitrogen in the air, and the unit delivers a high flow of oxygen directly to the user. This type of oxygen unit allows the patient freedom of movement and a much more active lifestyle than an old-fashioned tank. Today let’s compare two portable oxygen machines: the Inogen One G3 and the LifeChoice ActivOx. Both allow for portability, but vary in specs.
It's been a year this month since Leonard Nimoy's passing at the age of 83 from COPD. His family is keeping his legacy alive and working to educate people about the dangers of smoking, and the deadliness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Leonard Nimoy was known as "Mr. Spock" from the original Star Trek franchise, and his various philanthropic initiatives for the advancement of performing arts. Mr. Nimoy died on February 27th after battling severe COPD for two years.
"COPD is the third biggest killer in the country. My father spent his last year trying to warn people about it, and this is the mission that we’ve taken on," Julie Nimoy, his daughter, tells Newsmax Health.
An estimated 11 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The American Lung Association estimates that there are an additional 13 million people who suffer from COPD but have either gone undiagnosed or are not aware they have it.
There is some great news for sleep apnea patients who need to use a CPAP machine. Many people have a problem with using their CPAP machine because the masks are uncomfortable. They also often don't work right because they leave too much room for mishaps that cause air leaks. Some people even end up not using their CPAP machine, for both of these reasons. This can be dangerous to the health of someone with moderate to severe sleep apnea.
Thankfully, improvements in medical science and equipment are always evolving, and finally, there is something that will eliminate the need for obstructive and often faulty CPAP masks. This new invention comes from an unlikely source, but it's been found to be effective.
These are numerous respiratory and COPD conferences that will be taking place in 2016. If you have a respiratory disease, attending one of these conferences can be a very educational and helpful experience. You can ask keynote speakers pressing questions about conditions and new medical sciences, as well as talk to others who have asthma, COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases.
Staying educated about your condition is important because you're always the first one to know about your own symptoms. It's also important to talk to others who have your condition because it can make you feel less alone. Going to a conference can be an excellent experience, and you can make some contacts and new friends.
A new study revealed results that many researchers were suspecting. CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, which is used to treat moderate to severe sleep apnea, can also help patients who suffer from high blood pressure and stiff arteries.
Sleep apnea is already known to be damaging to the health of your whole body, but especially your heart and circulatory system. Using a CPAP machine can help prevent these issues caused by sleep apnea. But what if you already have severe circulatory issues?
The last few years have seen quite a bit of change in Medicare costs, due in part to Obamacare, as well as other economic factors. It's important and necessary to keep up on changes in Medicare, if you or a loved one is receiving benefits.
Whether these changes will benefit you or not, it's good to stay informed so that you can make the right decisions. You don't want to suddenly realize that you have to pay a lot more for your medication after the start of the new year.