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.
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!
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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:
You probably already know that changes in the weather, as well as extreme temperatures can contribute to a COPD flare up. This is a generalization, as some people are more effected by wet weather, very humid or very hot weather, while others are worse during the cold months.
Since winter is on its way in the Norther Hemisphere, we're going to cover exactly why and how cold air can cause a COPD flare up. There are also ways to avoid having problems if you have to leave the house during a cold snap, because unfortunately, no one can simply hibernate and avoid winter altogether.
More than 12 million people in the US are reported to have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. These numbers are according to the most recent report from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. There are likely many more who have it but have not yet been diagnosed.
You might be one of the many who think they may have sleep apnea. Here are a few red flags that might make you want to see your doctor, to possibly get checked out:
It's becoming clear that a severe case of Sleep Apnea is dangerous if it is left untreated, but researchers have found that among the different dangers of sleep apnea, premature death is one of them. The American Sleep Apnea Association states that "22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed." When moderate to severe sleep apnea goes untreated it can lead to other very serious health conditions that will be discussed below.