As a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) you are well aware of the impacts indoor and outdoor air quality can have on your respiratory symptoms. Until now the most effective method for checking the air quality was through the daily Air Quality Index (AQI). Which only shows the air quality outside but what about your home, office, or shopping mall? Atmotube now allows you to take a personalized air quality reader with you wherever you go. Atmotube pollution monitor is battery powered and lets you know in real time if the air you're breathing is toxic, as well as what contaminants are present in the air.
Some say that even quitting heroin is easier than quitting smoking. Back in the 50’s and 60’s no one knew the dangers of smoking, and there were even some ads that touted smoking as a healthy practice. It was during this era of misinformation that Leonard lit his first cigarette leading to a decades long habit. He did end up kicking that addiction but 30 years later it became evident that the damage had been done and he was diagnosed with COPD.
Many COPD patients experience painful cramping. These cramps can occur at any time but most often they happen at night while sleeping or after sitting still for an extended period. Patients have reported that these cramps affect the rib cage area, and often the hands, legs, and feet. These cramps can be extremely painful and doctors have been unable to find specific reasons for them.
Exercise, pulmonary rehab, oxygen therapy, and support groups are important factors for properly managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and each play a vital part in minimizing the overall severity of your COPD symptoms. Proper nutrition should not be forgotten.
As a patient with COPD it's important to realize that due to the increased workload COPD puts on your lungs and body, your body can require up to 10 times the daily caloric intake than that of a healthy person to supplement the increased energy demand. COPD often leads to many patients becoming malnourished and underweight due to a lack of appetite. COPD results in additional health complications and even the development of new or worsening COPD symptoms (flare ups).
Did you know that pushing yourself to exercise within reasonable limits can actually help to manage and improve the quality of your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?
Upon a COPD diagnosis, your entire life is flipped upside down. What you may have thought was attributed to aging, has been diagnosed as a full fledged respiratory disease.
As COPD affects your lungs, causing scarring, inflammation, and an excess production of mucus that makes it increasingly difficult for your lungs to absorb oxygen.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an umbrella term for progressive respiratory issues like emphysema. chronic bronchitis, and asthma. In addition to breathing problems, more than 50% of COPD patients have problems sleeping. Sleep interruption may be caused by COPD symptoms or it could be due to side effects of the medication prescribed for the condition. This is an issue that requires intervention by a physician because the effects on respiratory patients are more detrimental than on healthy people.
In a patient, the effect of sleep deprivation lessens an already affected quality of life. The odds of mortality are also significantly increased if the sleep disorder is not attended to. Due to damaged lung or blocked airways, a patient may experience difficulty breathing. In another instance, COPD may cause oxygen desaturation in the blood. Waking up constantly to take medication or to urinate may also cause one to feel drained in the morning. Here are a few things you can do to improve your sleep pattern.