Posts Tagged ‘COPD’

What is a FEV1 Test?

Forced expiratory volume (FEV1) is a pulmonary function test that calculates the amount of air that a person can force out of their lungs in one second. FEV1 measurements can help doctors diagnose chronic lung diseases such as COPD. It can also help them determine the severity the disorder. COPD is a general term used…

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COPD: Hypoxia and Hypoxemia

According to the COPD Foundation, approximately 30 million people in United States suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, an umbrella term for a variety of diseases that affect a person’s ability to breathe. The most common forms of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. When an individual’s airflow is obstructed for an extended period of…

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5 Ways to Live Better with COPD

5 Ways to Live Better with COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), refers to a number of progressive lung conditions, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, which make breathing difficult, and consequently affects many aspects of a person’s quality of life. Those suffering with COPD have trouble getting oxygen into, and removing carbon dioxide from their lungs. The resultant lack of oxygen…

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Top 5 Inhaler Mistakes for COPD

Top 5 Inhaler Mistakes for COPD

Inhalers are a fact of life for tens of millions of Americans, including 11 million people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Despite their importance, studies repeatedly show that as many as two-thirds of people who rely on an inhaler, do not use it correctly. COPD is a life-threatening lung condition in which airflow to…

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