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...
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...
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...
FEV1: Why Is It Important to COPD Patients?

FEV1: Why Is It Important to COPD Patients?

Doctors have a habit of using medical terminology, and this terminology can prove baffling to patients. One bit of terminology that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients may have heard is the term FEV1. However, many patients aren’t entirely sure why...
3 Reasons COPD Patients Need Good Indoor Air Quality

3 Reasons COPD Patients Need Good Indoor Air Quality

Many chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients are aware that outdoor air quality can cause issues for them. Did you know that considering the indoor air quality of your home is just as, if not more, important when you have this chronic lung condition?...
What to Do When You’re Out of Breath

What to Do When You’re Out of Breath

There are few experiences more frightening than feeling like you can’t breathe. Shortness of breath (dyspnea) is a common symptom if you have a chronic lung condition like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In some cases, shortness of breath can worsen into...