COPD Awareness

  • Breathing Techniques and Exercises for COPD Patients

    There are two different breathing techniques you can use to help get more air. They will even help you to relax when you start to tense up, especially when you are starting to have trouble breathing. You should talk to your doctor before trying these breathing techniques, to see if they are right for you.

    It can be a vicious cycle when you start to have a hard time breathing. It can cause you to feel anxious, which only makes it worse. Also, you'll avoid activities that make your feel breathless, which can be as simple as walking slowly around the house.

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  • Respiratory Conferences and COPD Conferences in 2016

    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.

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  • Recap of the COPD Community Education Workshop in Denver

    On September 3, 2014, a hundred plus attendees came to the Sheraton Downtown Denver to learn about wellness and COPD. This was also an entertaining and fun event, not just an educational one, with live music and fun ways to exercise. People who were affected by COPD in many different ways, patients, family members of patients and caregivers in the community came to learn about COPD.

    This was actually a precursor event to the gathering of the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) conference, which happens each year. However, this was the first time that patients were able to come to a session of this conference.

    The AACVPR is made up of the people who work in cardiac and pulmonary rehabs in the United States, and in other countries. The COPD Community Education Workshop was put on by the COPD Foundation, Colorado's Pulmonary Education Program (PEP) Pulmonary Rehab centers, Denver-area Pulmonary Rehab programs and the AACVPR.

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  • Outdoor Exercise this Spring with COPD and Oxygen Therapy

    It's exciting that warmer weather is on its way all around the country. Cabin fever may have set in this winter, but now we can get out and feel more energized and alive in the fresh air and sunshine. Many people enjoy working out and getting physical activity in the outdoors, and can't stand trying to exercise inside on a treadmill or stationary bike. If you have COPD, it really is in your best interest to some exercise either way, and you can start today with your outdoor routine.

    First, you need to check with your doctor before you start doing anything fitness-wise that you haven't done before. He or she will give you the go ahead as long as you can physically handle it, and will most likely give you some advice based on your individual condition and needs. Many patients with COPD are benefited by being outside as long as there isn't a lot of pollution, and if you can get some light exercise.

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  • Living With COPD – Ways to Stay Informed

    Living with COPD can be challenging because it can dramatically impact your life. A diagnosis of COPD can lead to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness and is the disease progresses, social interaction, and physical activity can decrease as they can become difficult.

    Many people with chronic illness know how crucial it is to stay on top of the newest developments on what they've been diagnosed with. How else would you know about the last and best in medications? Some people find comfort in speaking COPD and find supports group to be beneficial to their overall well-being and health.

    By staying informed, talking about the disease, and continually learning about ways to cope, you can slow the progression of the disease and continue to live, one day at a time, to the fullest extent possible.

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  • A Decline in COPD – How Education and Awareness are Saving Lives

    A recent report put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says that since 1999, the prevalence for deaths caused by COPD, along with hospitalizations and age-adjusted prevalence. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease has been at the #4 leading cause of death. There are an estimated 16 million people who have COPD, but it is suspected that 22 million actually have it and some haven't been diagnosed.

    This is the reason why COPD is so dangerous – because many people go for years with the subtle first warning signs of the disease without any real reason to suspect that they have it. Most people with COPD won't suspect that anything is wrong until they start to experience the more obvious symptoms, and this is why many people have severe COPD when they are finally diagnosed.

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  • Study Shows Oxygen Therapy Can Help Those With COPD Live Longer

    One long-term study conducted in Sweden showed a 3.8% drop in the risk of death for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients, who took part in oxygen therapy over the course of 18 years. Even though this is still a small percentage, one has to consider how many people were included in this study. 7,628 adults between the ages of 66 to 73 were monitored and 5,497 died after they had stopped with the oxygen therapy. The study started in January 1987 and concluded in December of 2004.

    The people who took part in the study died from various disease, some of which did not relate to COPD. While 76% of those who died, died from respiratory illness, 16% died from a circulatory disease, 7.6% from cancer and 1.1% from digestive organ disease.

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  • Our Bodies Defense Mechanisms - How COPD is Linked With Incontinence

    One problem that often comes along with though, many people wouldn't associate it with COPD, is incontinence. Incontinence is the medical term for being unable to hold your urine or bowel movements long enough to seek out a restroom. Since most people don't like to openly talk about being unable to control their bladders or bowels, this often goes undiscussed, which leads to more people thinking that "it's only me", and "I can't talk about this because people will see me as helpless".

    If someone has COPD and already uses an oxygen concentrator, they might already feel a degree of alienation, but you shouldn't feel this way.

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  • COPD Advocacy – Why Becoming a Certified Advocate is So Important

    The COPD Foundation is putting the word out and raising awareness for the dangers and the subtle and often overlooked early signs of this disease. A staggering amount of people are being diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) each year, but yet there is still so little awareness among the general public. The COPD foundation is on a mission to change that through the COPD Advocacy program, and is even going so far as to certify advocates with a special license.

    At first glance from someone who is only beginning to understand COPD, this might seem silly. They might be asking, why is it so important to become an advocate, in the first place, let alone become certified and carry around a license? Who has time for that? Who is eligible?

    To answer those questions: if someone chooses to become a COPD advocate, they are taking on the responsibility of being a voice for the millions of people diagnosed with COPD each year. By becoming a certified advocate, they are showing their commitment to the cause of raising public and political awareness for health care and clinical changes in how the disease is treated and viewed. An advocate has been educated in the disease, the statistics, and will communicate their knowledge to politicians and civilians alike.

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  • Why You Should be Tested for COPD

    It's well known among the medical community that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can go for years undetected. In the early stages, COPD is very subtle. It's estimated that 2 out of 3 people with COPD have it, but don't know that they have it. The signs and symptoms don't become apparent until they have progressed to the moderate or even advanced stages of the disease. The signs of the early stage can be easily overlooked, or written off as something else.

    It also doesn't help that many people don't have health insurance and don't qualify for medicaid or medicare because of income or age, so they put off going to the doctor for as long as they can, or they don't properly communicate how they feel to their doctor. Many people go through a denial and willfully-ignorant stage because they don't want to face the fact that something serious might be going on.

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