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Respiratory Resource Center

How To Live a Fulfilling and Rewarding Life With COPD

Jul 30, 2019 11:42:38 AM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks, diet, portable oxygen concentrator, oxygen therapy

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Regardless of our career choice, favorite hobbies, and general interests, all humans have one thing in common — a desire to live meaningful and productive lives. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go as planned. We may know exactly what we want to accomplish one minute, but all of a sudden everything is turned on its head and we need to adapt and reevaluate what’s important to us. 

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Health Insurance and Oxygen Equipment: What You Need to Know

Jul 24, 2019 1:08:09 PM / by Daniel Seter posted in Medication and Treatment, Portable Oxygen, Tips and Hacks, portable oxygen concentrator, oxygen therapy

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In this day and age, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for people to pay their medical bills. Whether it’s a simple visit to the doctor’s office or a major medical procedure, most people have no idea where they’ll be financially after everything is said and done. And there’s certainly no exception when it comes to purchasing oxygen therapy devices like home oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen concentrators, or CPAP and BiPAP machines.

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How To Maintain A Healthy Weight With COPD

Jul 15, 2019 11:14:59 AM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Portable Oxygen, Tips and Hacks, diet, portable oxygen concentrator, oxygen therapy, sleep apnea

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If you grew up hearing the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” then you’ve probably spent your life trying to eat healthy foods. However, “eating healthy” isn’t necessarily just about eating healthy food; it’s about getting the right balance of nutrients that your body needs.

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The Effects of Poor Sleep Quality on COPD Exacerbations

Jul 10, 2019 11:30:03 AM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Tips and Hacks, diet, sleep apnea

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If you’ve already read our blog on treating and overcoming sleep apnea, you know that sleep apnea is a common disorder with potentially serious implications. While sleep apnea symptoms may seem mild at first, over time, obstructive sleep apnea may eventually lead to increased blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, depression, and more. 

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Your Guide To The Inogen One G5 Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Jun 28, 2019 4:04:46 PM / by Daniel Seter posted in Medication and Treatment, portable oxygen concentrator, G5 oxygen concentrators, oxygen therapy

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The Inogen One G5 Oxygen Concentrator is the latest oxygen delivery device from Inogen. Building off the success of other products in the Inogen One line, the Inogen One G5 Oxygen Concentrator brings several new additions while still maintaining the high-quality design you'd expect from an Inogen product. 

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Blood Oxygen Levels: What You Need To Know

Jun 25, 2019 9:06:04 AM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center

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Without oxygen, human life would not exist. Much like the water you drink and the food you eat, the oxygen you inhale plays an essential role in helping your body convert nutrients into usable energy, occurring through a process called cellular respiration.

Every time you take a breath, air passes over tiny air sacs in the lungs called alveoli. Oxygen is absorbed from the air and sent to every part of the body via the bloodstream providing your body with the energy it needs to survive and thrive.

 

Unfortunately, there are a number of diseases and disorders that can affect the body's ability to process oxygen, transport it throughout the body, or to take in the amount of oxygen that it needs. This results in a condition called hypoxemia or low blood oxygen levels.

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What Exercise Tests Can Tell You About Your COPD

May 28, 2019 10:37:49 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment

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Exercise tests are an effective way to not only measure physical strength and endurance, but also how well you can breathe. They can reveal vital information about your lung function, your oxygen levels, and your general physical abilities.

 

This can help you and any health professionals you work with better understand and treat your disease. Because of this, both doctors and fitness specialists use a variety of different exercise tests to evaluate people with COPD and other lung conditions.

 

Why Take an Exercise Test?

 

If you have COPD, your doctor might ask you to take an exercise test for a several possible reasons, including to measure how severe your symptoms are, what kind of exercise you can tolerate, and to determine what kinds of treatments can help. They are also useful for monitoring general lung function and tracking improvements or decline in your ability to exercise over time.

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How to Understand Your COPD Test Results

May 20, 2019 10:38:29 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment

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If you have COPD, then you've probably realized that treating the disease is not a simple process. In order to get it right, your doctor needs to have a very thorough understanding of your physical condition and the nature of your disease.

 

Because of this, people with COPD have to undergo a large number of medical tests and screenings over the course of COPD treatment. These tests, which include blood screenings, x-rays, spirometry measurements, and more, allow your doctor to tailor your treatment plan specifically to your needs.

 

Unfortunately, while these tests reveal valuable information about your health and your disease, many patients don't fully understand what their results mean. Even if you have a general idea of what the tests are for, chances are you still wouldn't know how to read and understand the results.

 

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Volatile Organic Compounds and Your Lungs

May 6, 2019 10:39:55 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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They're in the air, in our homes, and in a wide variety of products we use every day—volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are everywhere. Unfortunately, exposure to too many VOCs can be bad for your health and particularly dangerous for your lungs.

 

VOCs are a major source of air pollution, and they can cause a variety of respiratory problems including lung irritation, lung tissue damage, and serious lung diseases. Certain VOCs can also worsen existing breathing disorders like asthma and COPD.

 

Fortunately, you can limit your exposure to harmful VOCs if you learn how to recognize and avoid them. That's why, in this post, we're going to tell you everything you need to know about volatile organic compounds and your lungs, including how to protect yourself from hazardous VOCs.

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Get to Know Your COPD Treatment Team

May 1, 2019 10:28:57 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment

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COPD is a complex disease, and to manage it effectively you need more than just your primary care doctor. In most cases, it takes a team of several medical specialists to provide high-quality care for people with COPD.

 

While this might seem like a lot at first, each doctor you work with is an important part of a comprehensive COPD treatment strategy. Working closely with all of them is the best way to preserve your health and maintain a good quality of life with your disease.

 

Your COPD treatment team is there to you manage your disease in a variety of ways; they can help you breathe better, live healthier, and treat any other symptoms and complications you may face. However, this team works best if you take an active role in your treatment and understand what they do.

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