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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have a lot of questions. This page is a great resource for learning about all aspects of the disease including talking to your doctor, flare-up signs and symptoms, and disease management.

If you have a chronic lung disease, you know that staying healthy plays an important part in managing your symptoms and overall well-being. The right exercise methods, diet, and other techniques can help you stay healthy with chronic lung disease and get you back to doing the things you love.

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Understanding COPD: A Chronic Bronchitis Breakdown

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Thu, Dec 20, 2012

For anyone recently diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or anyone who cares for a loved one with the disease, the details can be confusing. A good first step is to understand the disease. Here we take a look at one of two main illnesses that fall under the umbrella term “COPD”—chronic bronchitis.

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Topics: COPD, oxygen concentrators, oxygen & you, respiratory therapists, chronic bronchitis, understanding copd, american lung association, bob messenger, what is chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, symptoms of chronic bronchitis

COPD Education versus Training: Helping Respiratory Therapists Understand the Difference

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Tue, Nov 27, 2012

When patients first learn they need supplemental oxygen, most likely for the rest of their lives, they may experience overwhelming feelings of confusion. There is a lot of information available about understanding the cognitive health of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients and how to train them here, but it is also important to understand the difference between simply training your patients versus educating them.

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Topics: COPD, respiratory therapists, bob messenger, educating copd patients, training copd patients

Understanding COPD and Asthma

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Fri, Nov 23, 2012

There are two main diseases that fall under the umbrella term Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. But there is a third disease that is actually classified as COPD, as well: asthma. Asthma is a disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. Because the airways are obstructed and the disease is chronic, it is classified as COPD.

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Topics: COPD, respiratory therapists, nutrition tips, asthma, bob messenger

Understanding COPD and Congestive Heart Failure

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Thu, Nov 22, 2012

When your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs, this is called congestive heart failure (CHF). This can be brought on by narrowed arteries in your heart or high blood pressure that makes your heart too weak or too stiff to fill and pump correctly, according to the Mayo Clinic. You can help prevent CHF by controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. By exercising, reducing salt in your diet, managing stress, treating depression and losing weight, the Mayo Clinic says you can improve your quality of life.

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Topics: COPD, congestive heart failure, cheyne-stokes respiration, oxygen concentrators, supplemental oxygen, bob messenger

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