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Music Therapy Proves Beneficial for Respiratory Disease.

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on May 21, 2018 7:24:00 AM

Avant-garde jazz saxophonist, singer, and composer, Albert Ayler said, “Music is the healing force of the universe.” It turns out that music isn’t just good for healing broken hearts; it can assist in achieving better outcomes for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, more commonly known as COPD.

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Topics: COPD Treatment, COPD Exacerbations, Lung Health

Pollen can be Deadly

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on May 17, 2018 8:17:00 AM

Let’s face it. Unless you’re a bee, pollen is not your friend.

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Topics: COPD, COPD Exacerbations, asthma

What You Need To Know About Your Cough

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Apr 5, 2018 4:49:23 PM

One of the symptoms of COPD is a persistent wet cough. Some coughing is part of the condition and is necessary to help keep passageways clear but there may be other factors that are contributing to your cough. 

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Topics: COPD, COPD Exacerbations, Lung Health

Springtime Allergies and COPD

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Apr 2, 2018 4:12:27 PM

The days are getting a little bit longer and the weather is getting a little bit milder. Color is starting to appear on the ground and leaves are starting to sprout on the trees. Despite the fact that it's still cold in some parts of the country, there's no doubt that spring has sprung for 2018. Spring can be a beautiful time of year but for COPD patients, increased pollen and other allergens in the air means increased risk of exacerbation. A study conducted at prestigious, Johns Hopkins showed that those with COPD or other chronic respiratory conditions were at risk for exacerbation following a histamine, or allergy attack.

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Topics: COPD, COPD Exacerbations, Lung Health

Fall and Winter Allergies and COPD

Posted by Cory Luckner on Dec 5, 2017 7:54:34 AM

For those diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), summer seems to have flown past and fall could not have come any quicker, and now winter is upon us. Many people suffer from springtime allergies but from late summer to late fall, weeds pollinate and become a larger producer of inhaled allergens along with mold spores.  Seasonal allergies during the fall and winter are quite common.

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Topics: COPD, COPD Exacerbations

Cleaner Means Healthier for COPD Patients

Posted by Cory Luckner on Oct 29, 2017 8:48:51 PM

There are a number of lifestyle changes that you have to make when living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Making these changes does not mean that your life will come to a standstill and have to live in a bubble; they just help you manage the symptoms of the disease a whole lot better. Patients with COPD must be extra careful in trying to prevent infections.

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Topics: COPD, COPD Exacerbations

Making Kitchen Duties Easier for COPD Patients

Posted by Cory Luckner on Oct 26, 2017 10:30:58 AM
COPD is a term refers to a chronic lung disease that is a combination of emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. Regardless of which specific disease you have, COPD patients have similar symptoms such as:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic cough
  • Tightness in your chest
  • High pitched, whistling sounds when you breath called wheezing
  • Excessive mucus production

A challenge you will face is changing your eating habits to help decrease symptoms and exacerbations, but the change is vital to your health. Most likely, your current kitchen pantry will need to be updated to include COPD friendly foods and new ways of cooking. Change can be difficult, and with your COPD it probably seems like you have had to change many of the activities that bring you joy. Together, we will cover information to help this transition be as easy as possible, and educate you on what you should have available in your kitchen and what you shouldn’t. With some changes in your cooking technique you will find that you feel better, and you might be surprised how delicious healthy eating can be.

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Topics: COPD, COPD Exacerbations

Protection Against the Flu for COPD Patients

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Oct 17, 2017 11:35:50 PM

Yes it’s that time of year where everywhere you turn someone is nagging you to get a flu shot. We know you’re probably sick of hearing it but it’s imperative that you get one, especially if you have a serious pulmonary or respiratory ailment. It’s well known that one of the biggest contributors to lung function decline is repeated episodes of exacerbation. Flu and other respiratory infections can spiral into a hospital visit very easily. Prevention is always the best medicine and will go a long way in preventing COPD acceleration.

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Topics: COPD Exacerbations, wellness

15 Cough Suppressing Techniques for People with COPD

Posted by Cory Luckner on Oct 6, 2017 10:43:19 AM

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an umbrella term for progressive lung conditions like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Chief among the symptoms is a persistent productive cough. Ideally it's productive in the sense that, it brings up sputum. This is especially important as it keeps the airways clear. In this case, the patient is advised not to try to suppress the cough but only to practice controlled coughing.

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Topics: COPD, COPD Exacerbations

7 Mistakes New COPD Patients Make and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Cory Luckner on Oct 3, 2017 11:15:38 PM

If you have just received your diagnosis from your physician that you have COPD most likely you are struggling with shortness of breath, exercise intolerance, a persistent cough with excess mucus, and fatigue. Lung disease is stressful and the emotions you are feeling are normal. Whether you’re feeling helpless, anxious, or you think the path ahead of you is insurmountable, know that you are not alone.

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Topics: COPD, COPD Treatment, COPD Exacerbations

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