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This Is Your Lungs on COPD

Here’s exactly how this chronic disease impacts your lungs, plus how doctors determine the severity to provide the best treatment possible.

By Amy Marturana Winderl
Doctor discussing a patient's lung capacity from the results of a pulmonary function test.

What Does It Mean To Have Decreased Lung Capacity?

Lung capacity can be drastically decreased by respiratory conditions like COPD and asthma. Learn more about the complications of having a reduced lung volume.

By Ask HealthCentral
Doctor explaining mechanics of the lungs on an anatomical model.

Non-smoking Asthmatics Have Emphysema Risk

Severe asthma can cause emphysema in people even if they have never smoked. Learn how these conditions affect the lungs, airways, and ultimately, the ability to breath.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.
Everything bagel with cream cheese.

What You Eat Can Impact Your COPD

Load up on these specific foods to support healthy lung function and ultimately optimize your pulmonary rehabilitation.

By Jane Martin
Sparse bedroom, bed, nightstand and lamp.

Keep COPD Triggers Out of the Bedroom

Remove these common COPD triggers from your bedroom to help you breath and sleep better.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, during a pre-caucus rally at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.

How Sen. Rand Paul’s Chest Trauma is Affecting His Lungs

How a simple blow to the chest can result in a serious diagnosis.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.
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Lung Transplant and COPD: What to Know

A complex and expensive procedure, a lung transplant can prolong survival and improve quality of life for those with end-stage lung diseases.

By HealthAfter50
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Chronic Depression in COPD Patients Harms Health

Left untreated, depression can adversely affect overall health and effectiveness of COPD therapy.

By HealthAfter50
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6 Things to Do to Prevent COPD Exacerbations

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease flares can take a significant toll on patients. But a growing body of research suggests that some can be prevented.

By HealthAfter50
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COPD May Raise Cardiac Death Risk

People who have COPD for a longer time and experience frequent flare-ups are at greatest risk.

By HealthAfter50