COPD Awareness

  • Study Shows Approximately 1 in 4 Will Develop COPD

    A long-term study in Canada monitored 13 million adults over the course of 14 years and found that 27% of them had been diagnosed with a form of COPD over that time. The people registered in the study were both smokers and non-smokers, but this was not taken into account during the study. Tobacco smoke was already well known to be the cause of 80% to 90% of all cases of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD, but this was left out since the main goal of the study was to see just how many people will likely develop COPD in general.

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  • COPD and What it Could Mean for Your Life Expectancy

    Being diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases is not necessarily a death sentence. If you've been diagnosed with severe COPD, your doctor might give you a vague prognosis if it doesn't look like you will have much longer to live. Even so, someone with severe COPD will likely live much longer than predicted, especially if he or she makes healthy lifestyle changes. If you have mild COPD and you continue with the unhealthy habits that lead to this disease, you will likely not live as long as someone who takes the steps to treat themselves and live a healthier life.

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  • Natural Disasters, Pollution and How they Affect COPD

    You've taken steps to quit smoking and are working on other areas of your health now that you've been diagnosed with COPD. Despite all of your efforts for staying healthy and avoiding harmful things, you still seem to be getting worse and have frequent, severe exacerbations.

    It's true that some of the things that can have a significant effect on our lungs aren't things we have direct control over. We can wash our hands and get vaccines to prevent illness, avoid allergies and take medications, but it can be nearly impossible to avoid what is already in the air around us.

    Pollution, whether man-made or natural, can have serious adverse effects on our lungs. People who have a chronic lung disease like COPD or asthma will feel the effects more than anyone since the lungs are more sensitive. BioMed Central, a medical journal and article publisher, conducted a study that says forest fires are having a significant impact on people with COPD, especially. They based the findings on reports from pharmacies filling more prescriptions than usually in areas that were close to where there were recent forest fires.

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  • Why Your Beauty Routine Might be Hurting Your Lungs

    You want to look good, of course. When you're happy with your appearance, it can boost your mood and make you feel good in general. As we know, things that seem good sometimes have hidden dangers and pit falls. Sometimes these problems don't outweigh the good effects, and it's just a matter of how much we want to subject ourselves to.

    If you have sensitive lungs, allergies or a chronic lung disease, however, there are a few things that you probably wouldn't want to use at all. If you still want to use them, there are some things you can do to limit your exposure, and some alternatives to your favorite products.

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  • How to Avoid the Risks of Oxygen Therapy

    As long as it is administered properly, it's rare to experience any major side effects from using oxygen therapy. Everything that is mostly beneficial, any type of treatment for an illness, can have its share of drawbacks and possible dangers.

    Just jogging every day would be great for your hear and lungs, but it might be causing damage to your knees. You could be getting a great exercise from playing tennis, but your elbow is now in pain. There is a good side and bad side to everything. Many of the problems you might face with oxygen therapy can be prevented, however. You just need to know what to watch out for and what you can do to avoid them.

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  • How to Cope When You are Diagnosed with COPD

    You've gone to the doctor with complaints of having trouble breathing, he has ordered lung x-rays and tests for your lung function and the results are back. Your doctors informs you that have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD.

    COPD covers two chronic respiratory illness – Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema. Even though these two illnesses are different and have slightly different symptoms aside from lowered lung function, they still fall under the name of COPD. A friend of yours may have been diagnosed with the same disease, but he has severe Emphysema and you have a mild form of Chronic Bronchitis. Even though you both have COPD, the medications and treatments you have will differ.

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  • The Early Signs of COPD and Tests

    The signs of COPD are varied and sometimes subtle – so subtle, that they can go on for several years without being noticed. These signs could also be early warning signs for other health problems, or could be something much less severe. In any case, you should pay attention to your body, so you can note any changes, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Catching a chronic illness in it's earliest stages can save you a lot of physical and mental stress later on, as well as keep your medical bills down.

    The earliest signs of COPD will differ from person to person, but they are generally...

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  • Quality Matters - Benefits and Outcomes of Medicare

    You may have heard about Medicare’s increasing interest in measuring the benefits and outcomes of services that Medicare pays for. This represents a fundamental shift away from paying for a service that is provided regardless of whether that "procedure" is effective or not. All areas of health care are being held accountable to show that a patient is better off after a service or treatment than he/she was before that intervention. Services that have been demonstrated by solid research to be effective are incorporated into professional practice guidelines to help practitioners remember to utilize those practices. One well-known example of this "standard of care" is an aspirin a day after a heart attack (unless there is a medical reason not to prescribe this drug to a particular patient).

    Pulmonary rehabilitation is another example of an evidence-based service. In fact, practice guidelines for pulmonary rehab have given both exercise training and improvement of dyspnea symptoms the highest grade of 1A. This grade indicates that science has shown significant benefits and outcomes for both these measurements in patients who receive pulmonary rehab compared to similar patients who don’t participate in a pulmonary rehab program.

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