What Is a Peak Flow Meter?

What Is a Peak Flow Meter?

Spirometry is a type of lung function test that doctors use to measure a patient’s lung function. This test is commonly used to track the decrease in lung function of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many doctors have their COPD patients do...

3 Ways to Get Active This Spring With COPD

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may feel like they have no options to stay active this spring. However, I’m here to tell you that this just isn’t true. I typically love to take my jogging, cycling and swimming outside in the spring, but that...
3 Ways to Improve Your Mindset When You Have COPD

3 Ways to Improve Your Mindset When You Have COPD

Most people have days when they’re a little down, but it’s much more common for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients to have a negative mindset. This makes sense since we’re dealing with a serious progressive lung condition. As a COPD patient myself,...
The Natural Healing Powers of Your Own Body

The Natural Healing Powers of Your Own Body

Western medicine is effective in many ways, but it often relies on things like medication and surgery. It also tends to take for granted the amazing healing powers our bodies naturally possess. Recently, medical professionals and organizations have begun to revisit...
5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Someone With COPD

5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Someone With COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a life-changer. When someone has been diagnosed with COPD, they need to make adjustments in their life, including exercise and dietary changes. People who have been diagnosed with COPD can use all of the care and support...
Tips for Holiday Shopping With Chronic Lung Disease

Tips for Holiday Shopping With Chronic Lung Disease

It’s that time of year again: the holiday shopping season. And while you want to give your family and loved ones thoughtful gifts this year, shopping can take a toll on your energy if you have chronic lung disease. Thanks to retailers offering more online, pickup and...
The Dangers of Overeating With COPD

The Dangers of Overeating With COPD

During the holiday season, it’s easy to overindulge while eating big meals at Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holiday festivities. But overeating can negatively affect your health and your ability to breathe if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)...
A Journey of Faith and COPD: Jesse B.’s Story

A Journey of Faith and COPD: Jesse B.’s Story

Most people have heard that smoking is the most common way to get chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, it is possible to get COPD without smoking at all, and that’s exactly what happened to Jesse B.  How Did Jesse Develop COPD? Often, the environment...
3 Ways to Keep Exercise in Your Daily COPD Routine

3 Ways to Keep Exercise in Your Daily COPD Routine

Exercise has been a big part of my journey with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and I’m a staunch advocate of getting moving with this chronic lung condition. I also practice what I preach, and this has earned me the title of “The COPD athlete.”...
How Indoor Humidity Affects COPD

How Indoor Humidity Affects COPD

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or another chronic lung condition, humidity affects you more than it does the average person. Humidity describes the amount of moisture that’s in the air, both indoors and outdoors. Monitoring the level of...
Lack of Sleep Causes Increased Risk of COPD Exacerbations

Lack of Sleep Causes Increased Risk of COPD Exacerbations

Multiple factors can cause people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to lose out on a good night’s sleep. Medications and nighttime COPD symptoms are 2 factors that lead many COPD patients to experience insomnia and sleep disturbances.  Lack of sleep...
Judy S. Has Found a Better Quality of Life With COPD

Judy S. Has Found a Better Quality of Life With COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung condition affecting more and more Americans every year. One patient who was struggling with COPD was Judy S., and she had a low quality of life before finding help at Lung Health Institute. What Was Judy’s...
COPD Stages and Life Expectancy Statistics

COPD Stages and Life Expectancy Statistics

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious and progressive lung condition. This condition slowly makes it harder for you to breathe, and it can have a huge effect on your overall life expectancy. However, you might be asking yourself several questions...