Posts Tagged ‘COPD’
Types of Coughs in Seniors: “Pardon me, I have a cough!”
What types of coughs are prevalent in seniors? What can a cough tell us about a person’s health? When discussing types of coughs in seniors, we can try to simplify the categories. Coughs come from so many causes. However, the common denominator between all coughs, is that the body is trying to expel something it…Read More
November is COPD Awareness Month.
Now is the perfect time to share the facts about this disease, which is the fourth-leading cause of death in the US. What is COPD? Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema and bronchitis work differently: emphysema destroys the lungs’ air sacs, while bronchitis causes…Read More
The Link Between Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Heart Disease
For decades, the three leading causes of death in the US were heart disease, cancer, and stroke. However, for the last ten years, lung disease has displaced stroke as the third to third-leading cause of death. The lung disease responsible for this rise? Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which has been diagnosed in nearly 13…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More