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4 Benefits of Yoga for Chronic Lung Disease

4 Benefits of Yoga for Chronic Lung Disease

Yoga is a meditative practice that originated in India. It focuses on uniting the body and the mind by performing physical postures (asanas) while engaging in mindful breathing techniques (pranayama). For people who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
These 5 Tips Can Make Oxygen Use Safer for COPD Patients

These 5 Tips Can Make Oxygen Use Safer for COPD Patients

Using in-home supplemental oxygen and portable oxygen systems can be very helpful for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. One thing I think all my COPD patients on supplemental oxygen should know is that both in-home and portable oxygen systems are...
Considering the Pros and Cons of the Zephyr Valve Procedure

Considering the Pros and Cons of the Zephyr Valve Procedure

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new treatment for emphysema patients called the Zephyr Valve procedure. As the senior medical director at Lung Health Institute, I’ve been following the development and certification of this treatment with...
The Benefits of Music for People With COPD

The Benefits of Music for People With COPD

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or another chronic lung condition, creating and listening to music can be a healthy and fun activity for you. In particular, singing and playing a wind instrument (like the flute, harmonica, saxophone, clarinet,...
Preparing for a Hurricane With Chronic Lung Disease

Preparing for a Hurricane With Chronic Lung Disease

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season started June 1, and it will last until November 30. If you suffer from chronic lung disease and live in a hurricane-prone city, early preparation is essential. Luckily, approaching hurricanes give plenty of warning, which allows you...
3 Benefits NAC Supplements Can Have for COPD Patients

3 Benefits NAC Supplements Can Have for COPD Patients

Supplements may help you if you have a chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although there are several supplements that COPD patients can take, n-acetyl cysteine (NAC) can be particularly beneficial. In fact, there are 3 specific...
How to Prepare for the Fourth of July With Lung Disease

How to Prepare for the Fourth of July With Lung Disease

If you have chronic lung disease, you can still enjoy backyard parties, fireworks and barbecues with family and friends this Fourth of July. With a little preparation, you can decrease your risk of flare-ups during the festivities.  Several Fourth of July activities...
3 COPD-Friendly Summer Vacation Ideas

3 COPD-Friendly Summer Vacation Ideas

Just because you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) doesn’t mean you should stop taking summer vacations. With a little planning and the right destination, COPD patients can still enjoy the fun and liberation that summer vacations have to offer. Here...
2 Preservatives Chronic Lung Disease Patients Should Avoid

2 Preservatives Chronic Lung Disease Patients Should Avoid

The number of people dealing with chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) continues to grow. In fact, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that COPD makes breathing more difficult for more than 16...
Traveling to Lung Health Institute

Traveling to Lung Health Institute

At Lung Health Institute, 86% of our patients travel to reach one of our 5 clinic locations. If you are traveling, here are a few things to keep in mind for your upcoming trip. Be sure to talk to your doctor before your scheduled appointment date. That way, you can go...
2 Barbecuing Tips for Chronic Lung Disease Patients

2 Barbecuing Tips for Chronic Lung Disease Patients

Many people might say the smell of a barbecue grill is synonymous with summertime. However, patients with chronic lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may think this isn’t an activity that’s possible for this condition. There are 2 tips...
Traveling With Supplemental Oxygen

Traveling With Supplemental Oxygen

You may have all the general travel planning out of the way, but have you planned for your oxygen needs? Planning for your oxygen needs well in advance of your trip can help you feel in control and reduce any anxiety you may feel. Below, we’ve compiled some helpful...
3 Great Gift Categories for COPD Patients

3 Great Gift Categories for COPD Patients

You may be searching for a thoughtful gift for your loved one who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Here are 3 gift categories that can help you find the perfect present.   Health Monitoring Tools   Finding ways to monitor lung health signs, like lung...
Tips for Reducing Chest Tightness

Tips for Reducing Chest Tightness

Many issues can lead to chest tightness, and one of these issues is a chronic lung disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung conditions often cause chest tightness because the lungs become inflamed and damaged as a result of these...
Safety First: Choosing the Right Health Care Provider

Safety First: Choosing the Right Health Care Provider

During my nearly 20-year career as a registered nurse, patient safety has always been my priority. I recently shared my recommendations for other nurses on this topic; however, I also encourage patients to make safety their first consideration when pursuing a new...

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