Respiratory Diseases

Need information on specific lung diseases? Read up on our blog posts centered around all the different kinds of respiratory diseases. This covers everything from ways to prevent flare-ups, respiratory disease symptoms, and warning signs and much more.
  • Understanding Sleep Apnea: A General Overview

    Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder that, if left untreated, can lead to severe health problems. The word apnea means a cessation of breathing, so sleep apnea means that one stops breathing during sleep. Although your body will force a deep breath eventually, people with sleep apnea can go 10 seconds or more without breathing per episode, and these episodes can happen up to 100 times an hour.

    In this article, we will discuss an overview of sleep apnea including symptoms, complications, and treatment strategies. However, consider these stats regarding sleep apnea:

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  • Can Your Allergies Cause a COPD Flare-Up?

    Millions of people suffer from allergies and experience the daily nuisance of sneezing, itchy eyes, and a stuffy nose. But if you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you might be wondering—can my allergies also cause a COPD flare-up?

    The answer is yes, your allergies can cause a COPD flare-up. In this article, we will discuss the types of allergens that can cause a COPD flare-up and what you can do to avoid them.

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  • Understanding COPD

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult. While a COPD diagnosis can be scary, it is manageable with proper treatment. In this article, we will discuss the various symptoms, causes, prevention, and stages of COPD to help you better understand this disease.

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  • How To: Connect a CPAP Machine to Your Oxygen Concentrator

    If you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea it may become necessary to use an oxygen concentrator in addition to a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is used for obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. This condition is when the muscles in your throat cannot support their own weight while you are sleeping. Often times, a first sign would be a sleeping partner mentioning or complaining about your snoring, a common symptom of sleep apnea. It’s also extremely common for the patient to feel restless and run-down when they wake up; often being accompanied by headaches and other signs of not receiving enough oxygen at night.

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  • Living with COPD

    It’s likely you or someone you know has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. More than 11 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with COPD and an estimated 24 million people may have the disease without even knowing it.

    COPD is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult and is most often caused by damage to the lungs that has occurred over a long period of time. Luckily, there are treatments your doctor can prescribe and simple steps you can follow to help you manage your symptoms, feel better, and continue living your life!
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  • Oxygen Therapy and Emphysema Treatment

    Emphysema can be a devastating disease. The accompanying pain, shortness of breath, and activity restrictions are often life-changing and permanent. However, home oxygen therapy, in conjunction with other physician-recommended treatments, offers patients the chance to be more mobile and live an active lifestyle.

    What is Emphysema?
    Emphysema is one form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is caused by damage to the alveoli, the tiny air sacs within the lungs. Because the alveoli are responsible for drawing oxygen from inhaled air into the bloodstream, shortness of breath results when they’re harmed. Therefore, more oxygen-rich air is often needed.

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  • 5 Benefits of an Oxygen Concentrator after Surgery

    Surgery, particularly under general anesthesia, is major trauma and strain on your body. Just like after any trauma, you will need to take time to heal following the operation. However; by using an oxygen concentrator post-surgery your body can regenerate tissue faster with the excess oxygen allowing you to become active sooner!

    Under general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist typically intubates you, or inserts a tube into your windpipe. This is done to both protect your airway and ensure you have an adequate, constant supply of oxygen. Yet, even after the surgery is concluded patients are often kept on oxygen in the recovery room. This is because surgeons and anesthesiologists realize the benefits of oxygen therapy after surgery. These benefits, listed below, can be extended with a home or portable oxygen machine.

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  • Customer Question: Do I Have COPD?

    “I'm starting to wonder if I might have something a little more serious than just being out of shape. I've been experiencing shortness of breath for the last five years, and it's progressively getting worse. Recently I have even gotten winded just walking to the end of my short front yard to get the morning paper. One of my friends suggested I should get checked out for COPD. Can you tell me more about this and the early warning signs?” - Breathless Robert

    Dear Robert,

    COPD is a serious lung disease that will make it harder and harder to breathe as it progresses. It's a progressive disease, but you can do things to slow down the progression. In 2013, the American Lung Association found that about 12 million people have been diagnosed with COPD – but it's estimated that another 13 million have it, but don't know it.

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  • Health Tips for Sleep Apnea

    If you have obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA, you might be wondering if there are any health tips that can help you feel better during the day. There are many things you can do to lessen the ill effects of sleep apnea, and they involve taking care of your overall health. We'll go over the basic health tips for sleep apnea patients, and how they will help.

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  • How Sleep Apnea Can Affect Everyday Life

    If you have sleep apnea, you might not even be aware of it. You also may not realize how bad it can be. If someone isn't there while you're sleeping to hear you snore loudly or gasp for air in your sleep, it can go completely undetected. Another sign is how sleep apnea can affect everyday life.

    Sleep apnea can have serious consequences if the moderate to severe cases are left untreated. Because you've stopped breathing for short periods of time throughout the night, you're losing oxygen, which is vital to all the cells in your body. It can lead to heart disease because your heart has to compensate and work harder for the shortage of oxygen in your bloodstream.

    Of course, sleep apnea becomes especially apparent when it starts to affect how you feel during the day. Here are some common ways that sleep apnea can affect everyday life:

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