Lung disease, especially Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), blocks your lungs and airways, often making it more difficult to breathe. Because of this, it’s easier to become fatigued—even when you complete simple daily tasks. To promote staying healthy with COPD, use these no-fuss tips from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the Canadian Lung Association (CLA) to plan your day.
If you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), daily tasks that were once simple and easy can become a burden. Fortunately, a personal-care assistant can ease your burden and help make living with COPD easier.
If gardening was a favorite pastime of yours before you were diagnosed with a lung disease like bronchitis, emphysema or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), it can remain a relaxing way to stay active. Because many lung diseases cause shortness of breath and other symptoms, be prepared to make a few modifications to continue enjoying gardening. Here are a few ideas from the Canadian Lung Association.
If you have lung disease, such as pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you know the difference that clean air makes on your ability to breathe easily. You're probably already careful to keep your home smoke-free, close the windows to keep pollen out and not burning scented candles, but there are plenty of less obvious air pollutants that can aggravate your condition, as well.
If you are an adult smoker, you know how difficult it can be to quit the habit. Smoking is addictive, after all, but there are many sources to help those who are ready to quit but just need a little support. One major resource is the American Lung Association (ALA) and its various programs, which can be accessed throughout the United States and some from almost anywhere in the world.
When you are diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), your life can be greatly impacted. The disease causes difficulty in remaining healthy and independent, in major part due to complicated breathing. This strain on health is often compounded by the inability to exercise properly. However, there is a way to get all the benefits of exercise without exacerbating your COPD symptoms: chair yoga.
Pet owners undoubtedly know their furry friends make them happy. According to National Public Radio (NPR), scientific research over the past few decades shows animals can also make a person healthier, which helps explain the increasing use of animals in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and rehabilitation centers.
“I’m Terrie, and I used to be a smoker,” says a 51-year-old North Carolina woman with a raspy, almost robotized voice in a video advertisement for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) campaign. “I want to give you some tips about getting ready in the morning. First your teeth, then your wig, then your hands-free device. And now you’re ready for the day.” (See the video here.)
Wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath: do you have chronic bronchitis, emphysema or asthma? Based on symptoms alone, these conditions seem nearly interchangeable, but a correct diagnosis means the correct treatment, so don't hesitate to talk to your doctor.
According to Everyday Health, several distinctions set these diseases apart:
Do you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Or were you recently diagnosed with pneumonia? According to WebMD, if your doctor prescribed clarithromycin, an antibiotic used to treat COPD spells and pneumonia, you may have increased risk for heart problems.
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