COPD Stages, Prognosis and Life Expectancy: Here Are Your Numbers

COPD Stages, Prognosis and Life Expectancy: Here Are Your Numbers

With all of the numbers, facts and information you have to remember about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may have many questions. One common question is, “how long can I live with COPD?” It’s an important one to ask, but many people understandably...

Lung-Healthy Recipe: Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Avocado

Studies have shown that tomatoes may help improve lung function in even smokers, and can slow the natural decline in lung function that occurs with age. This delicious, light lunch uses lycopene-rich tomatoes and heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil with tasty buffalo...

One Patient’s Journey: A Story of COPD and Cellular Treatment

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) often starts with trouble breathing. Patients like Herb may go years before being diagnosed. And after a diagnosis, the progression of chronic lung diseases like COPD can reduce quality of life and lifespan. While there is...

Treating Sarcoidosis: Sarcoidosis Treatment Guidelines

Sarcoidosis of the lungs results from the growth of granulomas, or inflammatory cells, and is characterized by a persistent dry cough, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest pain. While sarcoidosis is resolved on its own in about half of all cases, it may linger for...

Lung-Healthy Recipe: Berry Almond Smoothie

  Rich in antioxidant Vitamin E, almonds can help protect lung cells from damage. This quick and easy breakfast recipe contains almond butter and lung-healthy berries and spinach. In addition, the fiber from the chia and flax seeds and the protein powder can help...

Lung-Healthy Recipes: Chilled Avocado Soup

Avocado has many benefits for those with chronic lung disease, as it’s rich in vitamins C and K — and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which can help prevent heart complications. The almond milk also helps reduce inflammation with antioxidants.  ...

How to Reduce COPD Exacerbations

Research has found that many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, on average, experience up to three exacerbations or flare-ups per year, with many of these resulting in hospital stays. If you have COPD, how can you keep your symptoms under...

What Causes Pulmonary Hypertension?

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) explains that pulmonary hypertension is diagnosed when there is “high blood pressure in the arteries going to the lung.” When this pressure gets too high, the heart’s right ventricle doesn’t work efficiently. This results in...

How Altitude Impacts Your Lung Health

If you want healthier lungs, there are a number of ways to achieve that goal. For instance, the American Lung Association states that breathing exercises “can help rid the lungs of accumulated stale air, increase oxygen levels and get the diaphragm to return to its...

Do Salt Lamps Help with COPD?

If you’re into natural health remedies, it’s likely you’ve already heard of Himalayan salt lamps. These are the orange or pink-colored chunks of salt with soft, ambient lights placed inside that are said to change the ions in the air, giving you a healthier...
Emphysema Breathing Exercises

Emphysema Breathing Exercises

For people dealing with a chronic lung disease like emphysema, every breath doesn’t come easy. As the disease progresses over time, the amount of oxygen the lungs can absorb gets worse. Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom for emphysema sufferers as there are many...
Best Positions to Reduce Shortness of Breath

Best Positions to Reduce Shortness of Breath

People living with chronic lung diseases often experience shortness of breath. Most people feel that shortness of breath is one of the most concerning symptoms of chronic lung diseases. Chronic lung diseases make it difficult for people to breathe normally, so people...

Does Medical Marijuana Help or Hurt My COPD?

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are currently medical marijuana and cannabis programs in 29 of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. These laws were designed to help individuals find relief from medical...

3 Exercises That May Help Your COPD

Making exercise a regular part of your routine is hard. With many of our schedules getting busier and busier, fitting in time to work out often feels impossible. Not to mention, when you’re running all day long, sometimes you’re just too tired to put on your exercise...