Category: COPD Blog

Determining Life Expectancy for COPD

COPD is one of the most common (top 3 killer in the US) and yet the most least understood conditions today. COPD covers two major respiratory diseases namely emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Both can have implications to the determination of

GOLD Treatment Guidelines for COPD

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the disease of lungs. It obstructs the breathing of the affected person. COPD symptoms start with breathing problems. Symptoms include cough, wheezing and chest tightness. Smoking is the main cause of COPD. Inhalation of airborne dust and

Mild, Moderate and Severe COPD

There are three COPD stages. The three stages of COPD are mild, moderate, and severe. Your doctor may utilize a breathing test called spirometry to determine if you have COPD and which stage you are in. Signs and symptoms range

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a common lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. COPD is caused by damage to the lungs over the course of many years; most commonly, this damage is the result of years

The Four Stages of COPD

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a serious lung disease that is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. The severity of COPD is measured in four stages, based primarily upon a pulmonary function test (PFT)

Symptoms of a Dry Cough

A dry cough feels like an irritating sensation in the throat. Many people refer to it as a tickling or scratching type of feeling. Others feel like they are choking or have a stabbing feeling along the throat lining. The

Oxygen Therapy for COPD

COPD makes it difficult to get oxygen into the bloodstream and get carbon dioxide out of the bloodstream.  To help patients get oxygen they need, doctors oftentimes put patients with moderate tosevere COPD on portable oxygen therapy. Benefits Oxygen therapy

Top 10 Shocking Facts About Cigarette Smoking

Statistically, every cigarette you smoke takes off 11 minutes of your life. There are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today. 70% of Chinese men smoke. If both parents smoke, a teenager is more than twice as likely to smoke

Caring for People with End Stage COPD

End stage COPD, or stage four, is defined as having a forced expiratory volume that is below thirty percent. A patient will usually have occasional severe breathing issues, which will require a comprehensive care program that will consist of a

Top 5 Ways to Clear Mucus & Phlegm

Living with COPD isn’t easy.  Not only are the airways constricted, but the air sacs that transfer oxygen(and remove carbon dioxide) from the blood are damaged.  Mucus in the airways only makes the problem worse.  The good news is that