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Articles by Chris Vasta

Articles by Chris Vasta

Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes and is frequently tapped to provide reviews on new releases.
  • What Are Hyperinflated Lungs?

    What Are Hyperinflated Lungs?

    September 20, 2023

    Hyperinflated lungs cannot exhale air normally. As a result, air becomes trapped inside the lungs, expanding their size, and making it difficult to breathe out. Hyperinflated lungs mean you do not get enough fresh air which is needed for healthy respiration.  

  • Best Portable Nebulizers Of 2022

    Best Portable Nebulizers Of 2023

    September 13, 2023

    Nebulizers help manage respiratory illnesses to prevent attacks or increased severity of the illness. Portable nebulizers allow users to take their treatments on the go so their lifestyle is not limited by their respiratory illness. We have reviewed some of the best portable nebulizers on the market to find which brands provide the most benefits to patients. Our experts have looked at key features from preferred devices and have selected the best portable nebulizers of 2022.  

  • Best Home Oxygen Concentrators of 2022

    Comparing the Best Home Oxygen Concentrators of 2023

    September 6, 2023

    Managing oxygen therapy at home is safe, easy, and comfortable with a reliable home oxygen concentrator. To select a home oxygen concentrator, consider the features that are most important to you and the oxygen settings you need based on your prescription. Here are few of the best from leading manufacturers in 2022. 

  • What Is a Safe Level of Oxygen in The Blood?

    What Is a Safe Level of Oxygen in The Blood?

    August 28, 2023
    Firstly, blood oxygen levels are the amount of oxygen circulating in the blood. Moreover, oxygen is needed to nourish all the cells in the body and the blood acts as the primary means of delivering oxygen to the cells from the lungs. Therefore, low oxygen levels in the blood can lead to health issues, which is why monitoring your blood oxygen level is critical to good health. What...
  • What is the Difference Between an Oxygen Concentrator and an Oxygen Tank?

    What is the Difference Between an Oxygen Concentrator and an Oxygen Tank?

    August 28, 2023
    This post was updated from its original version on June 7, 2021.Oftentimes, patients use the terms “oxygen concentrator” and “oxygen tank” interchangeably due to the fact that they both deliver supplemental oxygen. However, both these products are completely different—from the device itself to the way they deliver oxygen to the device itself and associated safety concerns. Here’s a bre...
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    How To Clean a Nebulizer

    August 28, 2023
    Nebulizers are an important part of respiratory therapy. They effectively turn liquid medicine into mist that penetrates the user’s lungs for fast, effective treatment. An improperly cared for nebulizer, however, can be a breeding ground for germs and cause more harm than good. Below, we’ve outlined some general rules on how to maintain and clean your nebulizer.How Often Should I Clean...
  • Oxygen Therapy for Pneumonia

    Oxygen Therapy for Pneumonia

    August 28, 2023
    What is Pneumonia?Pneumonia is a respiratory illness in which the air sacs of the lungs become infected. The air sacs become filled with fluid, which then can undermine normal breathing. A range of bacteria and viruses getting into the lungs causes pneumonia.While most healthy people combat these germs with a robust immune system, weaker individuals can be overcome depending on the...
  • Oxygen Concentrator Troubleshooting

    Oxygen Concentrator Troubleshooting

    August 28, 2023
    Is Your Oxygen Machine Beeping? A beeping oxygen concentrator is no reason to panic. Most stationery and portable oxygen units have several built-in safety features to alert users that something requires attention. Most often, the concentrator either requires power or has detected poor airflow. Use this checklist to help further diagnose the issue.Reasons Your Oxygen Machine is Beepi...
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    Can Walking Help with Shortness of Breath and COPD?

    August 25, 2023
    Some people with breathing problems or respiratory conditions like COPD may avoid physical activity because it makes them feel short of breath. But avoiding physical activity might reduce your lung function even more. Managing your COPD doesn’t have to mean living a sedentary life. Some physical activities like a brisk walk every day can help improve breathing and make you feel better with...
  • How Much Does an Oxygen Concentrator Cost?

    How Much Does an Oxygen Concentrator Cost?

    August 25, 2023

    When it comes to selecting an oxygen concentrator, one of the deciding factors is often cost. Distinctive features such as the type of oxygen delivery, weight, portability, and available accessories all determine how much an oxygen concentrator costs.  For example, focusing on oxygen delivery, is your oxygen therapy prescription for pulse dose or continuous flow oxygen? If you...

  • Precision Medical EasyPulse Vs. EasyPulse3 Concentrator: Which One is Better for You

    Precision Medical EasyPulse Vs. EasyPulse3 Concentrator: Which One is Better for You?

    August 25, 2023
    Precision Medical EasyPulse oxygen concentrators offer some of the leading brands available to oxygen therapy users. Choosing between these two devices is based on your personal oxygen therapy needs and your lifestyle preferences. Use this helpful guide to assist you in making a selection between the two models.Precision Medical EasyPulse vs Precision Medical EasyPulse3: WeightBoth...
  • Online Oxygen Concentrator Buying Guide

    Online Oxygen Concentrator Buying Guide

    August 25, 2023
    At-home oxygen therapy is important for individuals with chronic respiratory illnesses. After receiving your prescription, it is important to select an oxygen concentrator that meets your specific needs and lifestyle. While some doctors work with suppliers to get your first concentrator, this buying guide provides useful tips for shopping online.Type of Respiratory Illness Treated ...