Today, many doctors suggest that patients with lung disease receive care through a multidisciplinary approach. According to Swiss Medical Weekly, a multidisciplinary approach means that you not only receive therapy for your lung disease, but also for conditions that arise as a result of the disease.
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.
COPD 101 Resources
According to the Mayo Clinic emphysema is a lung disease that makes you progressively more short of breath as your lung's air sacs become gradually more damaged. As the disease progresses, spherical air sacs, which are normally clustered together like bunches of grapes, turn into lopsided pockets with wide holes. This reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches your bloodstream.
Chronic bronchitis is one of the two lung diseases that fall under the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) umbrella. Chronic bronchitis is the inflammation of the lining of the airways or bronchial tubes. Chronic bronchitis restricts airflow from flowing to and from the lungs on a constant basis, causing heavy coughing and phlegm.
Over the decades, healthcare professionals have arrived at the consensus that inhaling cigarette smoke is harmful and puts individuals at risk for lung-related diseases, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). However, there’s a misconception within the COPD community (as well as outside of the community) that smoking cigars is less dangerous to the lungs because you don’t inhale. Unfortunately, this assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. This post explores the real dangers COPD patients can face when smoking cigars.