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There's Not Just One: Exploring the Various Types of COPD

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Jan 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects more than 6.3 percent of American adults. It's a life-threatening lung disease that kills millions of people every year.

The disease results in the airflow from the lungs becoming obstructed. Living with COPD is difficult due to the many symptoms that result because of it. These symptoms most commonly include difficulty breathing, wheezing, breathlessness, chronic coughing, and abnormal sputum, which is the mixture of mucus and saliva found in the airways. Living with COPD becomes more difficult as these symptoms worsen, making it difficult to do even the simplest tasks, such as walking up and down a set of stairs.

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4 Ways Taking Care of Yourself Can Slow COPD

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Jan 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease that makes breathing difficult for sufferers. There are multiple reasons why a person could find it difficult to breathe, ranging from decreased elasticity of the airways to increased inflammation of the airways.

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Breathe in the Basics Regarding COPD

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Oct 19, 2015 8:00:00 AM

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is characterized by progressive damage to the airways that carry air into the lungs, as well as to lung tissue. This damage gradually reduces pulmonary function, causing breathing difficulties. If you have been newly diagnosed with COPD, you are likely to have a lot of questions about this disease and how it will affect your life in the coming years.

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Could You Have COPD: Here Are The Signs To Look For

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Feb 1, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease that develops very gradually over a number of years, so slowly that its symptoms often go unrecognized until significant lung damage has already been done. This is unfortunate, since treatment can slow the progression of COPD, delaying its most debilitating effects, and the earlier that treatment begins, the better the results in terms of maintaining adequate lung function and a patient's quality of life. So what are the signs of COPD?

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Living With COPD: 7 Ways To Help Yourself Breathe Easier

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Jan 12, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Are the symptoms of COPD making simple daily activities a struggle for you? While there is no cure for the disease, and the best help for COPD will come from treatment and medications prescribed by your health care team – and, of course, avoiding tobacco smoke – there are a number of other things you can do to help manage your symptoms more effectively. 

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COPD Anxiety: A Common Problem That Can Have Dangerous Consequences

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Dec 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Anxiety is a problem that many COPD sufferers struggle with as they manage the symptoms of the disease. It is a natural response to breathlessness, the decline in oxygen levels that occurs during these episodes triggering a stress response in the body. That stress response typically makes breathing even more difficult, which causes greater anxiety – a viscous cycle that can take a severe toll on a person's health and quality of life. For that reason, learning how to manage anxiety is very important in terms of coping with COPD day-to-day.

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Lung Disease and Seniors: 4 Tips for Coping with COPD

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Nov 19, 2014 8:00:00 AM

COPD is the third-leading cause of death among Americans, making it hard to control. Unfortunately, it is also a disease that is widespread: nearly 13 million adults in the United States have COPD, and almost 24 million have some evidence of lung problems that could be related to COPD.

While COPD has no cure, there are things that can be done to help make living with the condition easier. Because many people don’t get their COPD diagnosis until later in life, senior citizens are a population that often experience issues relating to its symptoms. Here are four great tips for seniors looking to get better at coping with COPD:

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Coping with COPD: How Pulmonary Rehabilitation Can Help

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Jul 25, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Coping with COPD means you can still live a full and active life, in most cases, despite the diagnosis. It takes pulmonary rehabilitation and careful attention to your lifestyle, diet, and physical fitness level.

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Is Essential to Effectively Coping with COPD

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Jun 9, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Have you recently been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD? If so, you're not alone. Approximately 24 million people in the US currently live with this disease.

Coping with COPD doesn't necessarily mean you have to give up your normal life however. Instead, you can learn how to manage your disease so that you can live fully and actively.

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Home Treatment for COPD

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | May 20, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Since there is no cure for chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD), learning to live with and manage the condition is vital. Physicians will recommend pulmonary rehabilitation as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, but ultimately, it is the lifestyle changes that may have the greatest impact. Those affected with this condition find that what they do at home makes them feel better, and according to the Mayo Clinic, slows lung damage at the same time.

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