While chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has no cure at this time, there are steps that you can take to improve your symptoms and make living with the disease more manageable. Everything from exercising to quitting bad habits can all have a significant impact on your lung capacity, and increase your lifespan.
By making changes to your daily life, you can do everything from relieving your symptoms, to slow down the decline of your lung capacity, and lessen the frequency of acute episodes, otherwise known at COPD exacerbations.
Ways to improve your COPD symptoms
If you are a smoker, chances are smoking played a factor in your developing COPD in the first place. The damage that cigarettes and other forms of smoking can have on your lung capacity is substantial and it can be a deadly mix for anyone with COPD. If you need help cutting the habit out of your life, ask your doctor about replacement products and cessation support groups to help you get through it.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation program
By joining a program designed to help COPD patients improve their quality of life and increase their lifespan, you will be educated on not only nutrition but also exercising. There are numerous exercises you can take advantage of to lessen the symptoms of your COPD and strengthen your lung capacity. Exercises include, but are not limited to, walking, jogging, bicycling and water aerobics, which can all help decrease your heart rate and blood pressure, and improve your body’s ability to use oxygen sufficiently without overworking.
If you’re suffering from severe COPD, improving the oxygen levels in your blood can help lessen the symptoms. Oxygen treatments can help protect your organs, get you a better night’s sleep, improve your stamina and your overall lung strength. Ask your doctor about oxygen treatments during your next visit.
Certain medications can help reduce your COPD symptoms. Depending on the medication you are prescribed, they can do everything from opening airways, to minimizing inflammation in your airway and battle infections caused by COPD.
While this won’t cure your COPD, cellular therapy at the Lung Health Institute is a proven treatment method that reduces inflammation in the lungs and can have a positive impact on your quality of life. Our minimally invasive, outpatient procedure uses the patient’s own cells to harness the natural healing ability of the body.
Contact the Lung Health Institute today to speak with a patient coordinator to learn more about cellular therapy as treatment for COPD at (866) 392-4436 today and let us help you Breathe Easier.