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When faced with a chronic lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis or interstitial lung disease, having the right tools will allow you to stay on top of your health for a better quality of life. We reviewed the best tools on the market to develop this list of top lung health accessories under $100.
- Contec CMS50F Wrist Pulse Oximeter: This wrist pulse oximeter is a convenient way to measure your pulse oxygen saturation and pulse rate. You get these readings through your finger like a typical oximeter, however, the wrist strap makes it convenient to keep with you at all times. The oximeter also tells the time and can be used as a watch. This tool is especially helpful if you have to walk longer distances or are exercising. Having a convenient way to keep tabs on your stats will allow you to be more proactive with your health.
- The Complete Guide to Understanding and Living with COPD: From a COPDer’s Perspective: This book was written by R. D. Martin, a man who has lived with COPD for over two decades. He writes about his diagnosis and treatment, but his main focus is on how to move past the diagnosis and get on with enjoying life. Many of those with COPD find this book inspirational through the tough times, and also a great resource for any questions that they may have. This is a great read for family and friends of a person with COPD, as it will help them better understand what their loved one is experiencing.
- Medical Alert Bracelet: This bracelet will provides some peace of mind in that if you are unable to communicate with a medical team or emergency worker, your bracelet will make them aware of your condition to ensure that you receive the best care. These bracelets are typically expensive, however this effective stainless steel bracelet is under $30.
- Mabis DMI Breathbooster Breathing Exerciser: Breathing exercises promote better lung function. This small, easily portable device can boost respiratory performance, increase lung capacity and reduce shortness of breath. It is recommended to use this breathing exerciser for two minutes, twice a day.
- PiKo-6 Electronic Lung Health Meter: This lung health meter monitors respiratory conditions, such as those found in COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis and lung transplant patients. Simply blow into the device to get a reading. The lung health meter is small and convenient to take with you so you can monitor your breath at all times.
When you have been diagnosed with a lung disease, it is important to monitor your symptoms and be proactive to prevent major flare ups. Try out one or more of these handy tools to make staying on top of your symptoms easier. Please comment below to let us know what tools work best for you.
The Lung Institute is here to provide you with the right tools to help you breathe easier. Many who have been diagnosed with a debilitating lung disease have experienced an improvement in their quality of life after receiving self-derived cell therapy from the Lung Institute. If you or a loved one suffers from lung disease, contact one of our patient coordinators today at (800) 729-3065.