Life Expectancy With COPD

Life Expectancy With COPD

There are currently 24 million Americans living with a severe and deadly condition. The nature of this disease causes the lungs to deteriorate and makes every breath an effort. As the years progress, the condition ultimately takes its final toll upon its sufferer....
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...

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...
How to Clear the Lungs in 5 Easy Steps

How to Clear the Lungs in 5 Easy Steps

Sometimes it’s best to just get it all out. When dealing with a progressive lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis or emphysema, the buildup of phlegm can be a constant source of frustration. Not only can this buildup...
How COPD Affects Oxygen Saturation Levels

How COPD Affects Oxygen Saturation Levels

For those people living with a chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there are many factors when measuring one’s health. These factors can include various sets of metrics which help the patient better understand the current state...
COPD Symptoms: 5 Strategies to Combat Them

COPD Symptoms: 5 Strategies to Combat Them

Sometimes managing COPD symptoms just takes a new perspective. For those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), often the most challenging aspect of the disease is the daily degradation of one’s quality of life as a result of symptoms. As with any chronic...
What is Dyspnea, and When Should It Concern You?

What is Dyspnea, and When Should It Concern You?

Feeling a little short of breath? You’re in the right place. The state of feeling out of breath can be deeply distressing, and for nearly a third of those with lung disease, it is a condition that is frequently debilitating. In short, we need oxygen to live, and to...
FEV1 and FVC: What Do They Mean for You?

FEV1 and FVC: What Do They Mean for You?

People living with chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis, often have their pulmonary function tested. Many doctors use lung function tests to help diagnose, monitor and treat chronic lung...
Stages of COPD: Mild through End-Stage COPD

Stages of COPD: Mild through End-Stage COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a complex and progressive chronic lung disease. Typically, COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD is characterized by the restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs. The obstruction of airflow makes...
Restrictive Lung Disease: Facts You Need to Know

Restrictive Lung Disease: Facts You Need to Know

There are two major classifications for chronic lung diseases. One group of chronic lung diseases is classified as obstructive lung disease, which includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD) and emphysema. The other group is classified as restrictive lung...
Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages, Prognosis and Life Expectancy

Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages, Prognosis and Life Expectancy

Everything you need to know about pulmonary fibrosis stages, prognosis and life expectancy and what to do next. For those who are living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), the shock of the initial diagnosis is often devastating. As a degenerative lung disease, the...
Oxygen Saturation Levels: What Do They Mean, and What Can You Do?

Oxygen Saturation Levels: What Do They Mean, and What Can You Do?

Understanding your oxygen saturation levels is the key to better respiratory health.  When it comes to living with a chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis or emphysema, understanding one’s disease and all the...

5 Medications That Could Be Making Your COPD Worse

When you’re not feeling well, popping a pill is often the first line of defense. Got a headache? Take some aspirin or ibuprofen. Allergies bothering you? An antihistamine will likely help. Though medications like these may effectively relieve the symptoms they’ve been...
Opioid Use and COPD: The Risks of Prescription Pain-Killers

Opioid Use and COPD: The Risks of Prescription Pain-Killers

Opioid use may come with more effects than pain relief. We’ll start here: High rates of pain medication use linked to COPD patients. When it comes to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), finding relief can be the main concern. Typical symptoms are fatigue,...

Veterans and Lung Disease: Know the Facts

Our veterans deserve the best. Veterans Day has a long history, originating as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919—the first anniversary of the end of World War I. By 1938, November 11th became a national holiday. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is the fourth...