How Can I Improve My Emphysema?

by | Jun 29, 2018 | COPD, Emphysema

Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that resides in the lungs, causing a shortness of breath due to over-inflation of the air sacs in your lungs. The lung tissue that is meant to help gases, like oxygen and carbon dioxide, pass through easily, has become damaged, most likely from a form of smoking or frequent exposure to dust or other pollutants

While there is no cure for emphysema, there are ways that you can improve your daily life and decrease the impact of symptoms you experience. Everything from exercises, both aerobic and breathing exercises, to medication, and even surgery are just a few of the options that can help make you more comfortable in dealing with this disease.

4 Ways to Improve Emphysema

Avoid Irritants

Smoking is not the only cause of emphysema. If you are have been diagnosed with the disease, whether it is mild or severe, you should evaluate your lifestyle to minimize exposure to irritants in the air. This includes areas with heavy dust and air pollution. If your workplace is exposing you to dust and other pollutants, make sure to always wear your personal protection equipment while on the job.

Stay Active

Daily activity can help reduce your emphysema symptoms. Aerobic exercises like walking, jogging and swimming, can be great for anyone looking to improve their lung capacity and strength. Yoga can help you lower your heart rate and put less of a strain on your body while giving you a chance to get stronger. Speak with your doctor about pulmonary rehabilitation programs to help you develop an exercise regimen tailored to your needs.

Stay up to Date on Immunizations

Being proactive in your healthcare is extremely important to lengthening your lifespan and improving your symptoms. By staying on top of your immunization schedule, you can give yourself added security in avoiding viruses like the flu and pneumonia, both of which can be deadly to someone already suffering from emphysema.

Cellular Therapy Can Lessen Emphysema Symptoms

Recent studies have shown that cellular therapy, while not a cure, has the potential to measurably improve the quality of life in emphysema patients. Lung Health Institute’s cellular therapy uses patients’ own cells to promote the body’s natural healing ability and reduce inflammation in the lungs.

To learn more about Lung Health Institute’s cellular therapy and Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI²™)​, contact a patient coordinator today. Let us help you Breathe Easier.


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