Having COPD and Related Conditions

by | Nov 20, 2014 | COPD, Related Conditions

There Might Be More Than Just COPD Going On….

Can you have more than just COPD? To answer the question directly, yes! If you or someone you know suffers from the devastating effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), then you are all too familiar with the ongoing symptoms that can occur. The horrible coughing, the fight to just simply breathe and the enclosing tightness that impacts the chest. To put it simply, COPD is literally the lungs battle to just breathe easier.

Depending upon which stage of COPD you are in, this condition leaves a lasting impact on not only the lungs, but the entire body. The human body requires oxygen to function, carrying oxygen enriched blood to the vital organs. But when COPD is present within the lungs, the heart and lungs have to work overtime in order to keep up with the lack of oxygen being processed. This opens the doors to other conditions developing.

What Other Medical Conditions Can Occur?

According to the National Institute of Health, several conditions and complications can occur as a result of having COPD. Listed below are some of the more common ones:

  • Arrhythmia (Irregular Heartbeat)
  • Lack of Oxygen (Oxygen Therapy Might Be Needed)
  • Heart Swelling or Heart Failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Weight Loss/Malnutrition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Debilitation

Living Well With COPD and Related Conditions

If you are experiencing multiple conditions with your COPD, there are ways to manage the stress and symptoms. Various things that you do every day can help protect your lungs and give you enough energy to get through the day. Here are a few ways:

  • Breathe in clean air, free from smoke or pollutants.
  • Eating well can provide your body with much needed nutrients and energy.
  • Exercising in some capacity can actually help the lungs to build strength.
  • Sleeping better can make your body feel healthier.
  • Taking medications as prescribed.

While these are only a few tips to help with COPD and related conditions, asking your doctor is the best choice for managing your health. Of course, if you are a patient suffering from COPD, then cellular therapy could be for you! If you would like to find out more about our available treatment options, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at 888-745-6697 to schedule a free consultation.

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