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Breathing Apparatus for COPD Management: Discover the Respironics SimplyGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Posted by Ana Elizabeth on May 19, 2023 1:14:03 PM

Living With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be challenging, but with the right tools and support, you can effectively manage your symptoms and lead a fulfilling life. One crucial aspect of COPD management is the use of breathing apparatuses, which can help improve your breathing, increase oxygen levels, and enhance your overall quality of life.

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Topics: COPD Treatment, Sleep Apnea, Respironics SimplyGo, Disease Management, breathing exercises, breathlessness

Productive Coughing To Clear Airways Vs. Nonproductive coughing

Posted by Ana Elizabeth on May 12, 2023 12:14:23 PM
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Topics: COPD, COPD Treatment, Disease Management, copd tips

The Best Time to Quit Smoking Was 20 years ago The Second Best Time is Now

Posted by Ana Elizabeth on May 3, 2023 7:16:36 PM



Smoking is a leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. The key word here being “preventable”. Smoking is completely preventable. As impossible as it might seem to quit smoking right now, there is no better time than now and to utilize the tools that are at your fingertips.

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Topics: Quit Smoking,, COPD, COPD Treatment, Disease Management, Arya Airtivo Max

Help for Oxygen Users Affected By Ice Storms In Texas

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Feb 19, 2021 12:19:42 PM


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Topics: COPD, Disease Management, caire freestyle comfort,, inogen one G5

Essential Vitamins for Battling COPD

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Jul 31, 2017 6:10:17 PM

A recent study by British scientists have shown encouraging evidence that retinoic acid can slow the progression of emphysema and in some cases, even reverse damage caused by the disease. This acid is found in Vitamin A. Results from tests on mice have been very positive and the scientists how to begin human trials in the near future. This study is being conducted by doctors at King’s College in London where they have made great strides in revolutionizing treatment for COPD and other respiratory ailments.

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Topics: COPD, COPD Treatment, Diet Tips, Emphysema, Disease Management

Pulmonary Fibrosis: What Got Me Here and How Can I Improve?

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Oct 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM

This post was updated: 10/06/2016

Pulmonary Fibrosis has been diagnosed in around 140,000 Americans, and typically affects people in the age range of 50 to 75 according to the American Lung Association. Like most respiratory diseases, the affects of pulmonary fibrosis may develop more slowly or quickly in different people.

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Topics: Respiratory Disease, Disease Management, Pulmonary Fibrosis

Living a High Quality Life This Summer With COPD

Posted by Duke on May 24, 2016 10:00:00 AM

This post was updated on 05/24/16 to add more information.

Well, it’s that time of year again. We are coming up on the summer months which means sunshine, picnics, barbecues, vacations, and more are in your near future! Whether you have a summer packed full of plans or you are just looking forward to the nice weather and spending time with friends and family, it’s easy to see why summer is a lot of people’s favorite time of year.

Here’s the deal:

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Topics: COPD, Disease Management

59 Hacks and Tips You Can Use Immediately To Make Life With COPD More Manageable

Posted by Duke on Apr 27, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Successfully treating and managing your COPD is like playing a game of chess. You aim to stay 3 steps ahead of the disease at all times, but there’s always a chance that your opponent, COPD, has a trick move up its sleeve.

Because there is no cure for the disease, the goal of treating COPD is to manage your symptoms and to maintain or improve your quality of life.

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Topics: COPD, Disease Management

COPD Awareness Month: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your COPD in the Winter

Posted by Duke on Nov 25, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Daylight savings time has passed which means the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder. For some, the cold weather and shorter days are a refreshing change. However, if you suffer from COPD, chances are you dread winter.

Cold weather has the ability to negatively affect your COPD in a number of different ways. From causing you to experience shortness of breath to putting you at a higher risk of getting sick, there are several risk factors you have to account for. Not to mention, winter is the peak of cold and flu season.

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Topics: COPD, Respiratory Disease, Disease Management

1st Class Medical Comes to 911 Operator's Rescue After Insurance Company Labels Oxygen Supply Non-Essential

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Mar 24, 2015 1:29:00 PM

Back in December we met Larry Peel.  Larry was diagnosed with COPD about 11 years ago and has been on supplemental oxygen for the past 7 years. 

We got in touch with Larry because one of our owners saw a news report about him.  He had received an oxygen concentrator from his insurance company, Kaiser but now they were wanting the unit back because they said that he had received it in error. 

Larry explained that he needed the portable during his long shifts as a 911 operator but the insurance company still called his lifeline to oxygen, "non-essential".  

Peel sometimes resorted to going without oxygen and trying to remain as still and calm as possible to avoid getting winded and triggering a coughing spell.


As you can imagine, in the life of a 911 dispatcher this was not always possible.  It's estimated that patients who do not use their required oxygen increase their chances of heart failure or stroke by up to 50%.  

With Larry's dosage he would need up to 5 or 6 heavy tanks to last him through a 10 or 12 hour shift.  He feared that he would have to quit work, leaving this single dad unable to support himself and his son.

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Topics: COPD, oxygen therapy, SeQual eQuinox, Disease Management

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