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7 Signs It's Time for Oxygen Therapy When You Have COPD

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Havilah Galaxy

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What Is Oxygen Therapy?

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How Oxygen Therapy Can Help With COPD

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Frank Busch

#1: You Feel Short of Breath When Walking

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#2: Your Heart Races When You Walk

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#3: Your Walking Oxygen Blood Saturation Is Below 88%

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Zoë Gayah Jonker

#4: You Feel Tired During the Day

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Andrei Lazarev

#5: Your Fingers Are Blue

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Patrick Perkins

#6: Your Ankles or Feet Are Swollen

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#7: Other Treatments Aren’t Helping

Amy Marturana Winderl

Amy Marturana Winderl


Amy is a freelance journalist and certified personal trainer. She covers a wide range of health topics, including fitness, health conditions, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, and more. Her work has appeared on SELF, Bicycling, Health, and other publications. When she's not busy writing or editing, you can find her hiking, cooking, running, or lounging on the couch watching the latest true crime show on Netflix.