Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, consists of a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two of the most commons illnesses that fall under COPD. COPD can cause a number of other health-realted issues. While it is not curable, there are many treatment options to lessen the symptoms, including certain life style changes, using an oxygen concentrator, and more. 

  • How Does COPD Affect the Brain?

    How Does COPD Affect the Brain?

    January 11, 2024

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) does more than affect the lungs. COPD can impact other areas of the body including the heart and the brain. Oxygen plays such an important role in our bodily well-being that decreases in blood oxygen saturation can be detrimental to our mental health as well as our physical health. COPD can affect the brain as it is linked to a higher risk of memory...

  • COPD And Alcohol- Are They Related

    COPD And Alcohol - Are They Related?

    January 3, 2024
    COPD patients need to make lifestyle changes to effectively manage their illness. Some habits such as alcohol consumption may be okay, depending on the severity of the condition. Alcohol use can have an impact on your treatment. If your doctor allows some alcohol use while managing COPD, be careful about how much you drink and how often.  Can I Drink Alcohol if I Have COPD?  ...
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    COPD and Coughing

    November 15, 2023

    While we all may experience a bad cough, it is not the same as the cough of COPD. The cough of COPD is on-going, often lasting for weeks or longer. This persistent cough will also be more productive as your body attempts to clear your airway of irritants that do not appear to go away.

  • can walking prevent copd

    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...
  • Panic Attacks And COPD

    Relationship Between Panic Attacks And COPD

    August 16, 2023

    Some of the common side effects of COPD are sensations that you are losing breath, short of breath or the feeling that you cannot breathe at all. While not life-threatening, these side effects can understandably trigger a belief that you are dying or suffering a serious medical event. But in fact, these are just panic attacks.   

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    COPD Drugs And Medications To Avoid

    July 26, 2023

    While many medications can help with your COPD, there are some you should avoid. Your doctor will help you stay clear of medications that can be harmful. You can also take steps to make sure that you don’t accidentally take medications that can be hazardous by staying informed.  

  • Congestive Heart Failure And COPD

    Congestive Heart Failure And COPD - How Are They Linked?

    July 19, 2023

    COPD and congestive heart failure are related. Many patients with COPD may experience congestive heart failure related to the left or right side of the heart. Low oxygen levels from COPD can dramatically affect the heart and puts COPD patients at greater risk.  

  • Emphysema vs COPD

    Emphysema vs COPD: Which is More Serious?

    June 14, 2023

    When most people think of a serious respiratory illness, they think of emphysema. Yet emphysema is only one of the diseases that comprise COPD. COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects more than 15 million Americans compared to the 3 million Americans impacted by emphysema.1 Let's dive into both COPD and emphysema and the main differences between the two. 

  • When Supplemental Oxygen Is Prescribed to a COPD Patient?

    When Supplemental Oxygen Is Prescribed to a COPD Patient?

    May 24, 2023
    When COPD patients go for long periods with low blood oxygen levels, a doctor will prescribe supplemental oxygen. Oxygen therapy helps prevent heart failure and improves longevity with COPD. Supplemental oxygen may also be required for COPD patients during certain activities. Exercise can cause shortness of breath that supplemental oxygen can help. Sleeping with oxygen may be necessary ...
  • 13 Common Myths About Oxygen For Patients With COPD

    13 Common Myths About Oxygen For Patients With COPD

    May 10, 2023
    Myth #1: Oxygen therapy will accelerate death from COPD. Truth: Oxygen therapy prolong survival only in patients with chronic hypoxemia. Myth #2: Oxygen therapy is addictive. Truth: Oxygen is a drug but it is not addictive! Everybody needs oxygen but just the right amount. Too much of anything can be harmful. Therefore, I recommend that my patients purchase pulse oximetry and to k...
  • Benefits of Oxygen Therapy for COPD Patients

    Benefits of Oxygen Therapy for COPD Patients

    April 26, 2023
    COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a respiratory illness that causes inflammation of the lungs which can obstruct airflow. It is a progressive, long-term disease, and according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, it affects 16 million Americans.1 Oxygen therapy is a common treatment for respiratory illness as it increases the amount of oxygen in the lungs...
  • COPD and Lung Cancer

    COPD and Lung Cancer

    March 29, 2023

    COPD and lung cancer are both severe conditions that affect the respiratory system. Though they are separate diseases there are similarities in how COPD and lung cancer progressively damage the lungs. Similarities also exist including risk factors for both diseases and symptoms patients experience. There is some evidence also that the two diseases are linked.