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Living with COPD: Exercise

Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program. These are basic suggestions for people who have been approved to exercise under the supervision of a doctor or pulmonary rehabilitation professional. This is not intended as medical adv...

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COPD and Heart Issues: Common Heart Tests

Last month we talked about how your heart works in partnership with your lungs. Today we’re going to talk about common cardiac (heart) medical tests. Next time your doctor wants to do a test on your heart, you’ll have a better idea what to expect and ...

Keeping a COPD Journal

Keeping a COPD Journal

"What brings you here today?" "How have you been doing since I last saw you here in the office?" When your doctor or healthcare provider asks you these questions, do you know what to say? Or, more importantly, do you know how to ...

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How Does Worry Affect my Health?

In Part I we learned what worry is, how it can be good and bad. So What? I Worry. What Does it Matter? Chronic and excessive worrying can have a variety of negative effects on your well being. It can isolate you from others, stripping you of your soc...

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'Is That Good?' Understanding Vital Signs

"Oxygen 96 percent and heart rate, 86." "Is that good?" Bill looked up at me, puzzled, as I told him the results of his routine pulse oximetry and heart rate check. "Yep, that’s good. It means that right now your body’s get...

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Bad News and Good News for COPD

Late last year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released a report confirming that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S; this...

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Not So Fast! Learning to Pace Yourself

If you have COPD, pacing is one of the most important things you’ll ever learn. "But, you don’t understand. I’ve always done everything fast. Always worked hard. And you know what they say - you can’t teach an old dog new tricks." Well, I ...

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Five Things You Must Know if you Have COPD

Let’s face it. If you’re in the dark about your COPD - if you don’t understand what it is and what it means for you, you’re not doing yourself any favors. There’s a lot to learn when you have COPD, and there are many, many things you can do each day ...

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Cough, and Keeping Your Airways Clean

Phlegm. Secretions. Sputum. Mucous. Yuck Whatever you call it, that junk in your lungs is yet another part of having COPD that’s not a lot of fun. Yet, it’s one of those things that as a person with COPD, you just have to deal with - and if you learn ...

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Comorbidies of COPD

"I’m falling apart I have COPD, it’s hard for me to breathe and as if that’s not bad enough, now they tell me my heart is acting up!" Concurrent disorders, also referred to as co-morbidities, are common with COPD. And it can be discouragin...