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Respiratory Resource Center

COPD and CO2 Retention: What You Need to Know

Jan 16, 2019 9:52:06 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Tips and Hacks, diet, portable oxygen concentrator, oxygen therapy

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Because COPD is a breathing disorder, most of the symptoms of the disease are caused by not being able to get enough oxygen when you breathe. However, there is another, equally serious breathing problem that COPD patients face, which is not exhaling enough carbon dioxide (CO2) when they breathe—known as CO2 retention.

 

When this happens, it allows excess carbon dioxide to build up in your blood, which can cause serious symptoms and make it more difficult to breathe. Although it is most likely to happen to patients suffering from severe COPD, anyone with the disease, especially those using supplemental oxygen, are at risk for CO2 retention.

 

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Tips and Tricks for Exercising on Oxygen Therapy

Nov 1, 2018 9:20:24 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Portable Oxygen, Tips and Hacks, portable oxygen concentrator, oxygen therapy

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Exercise is absolutely vital for healthy living, especially if you have COPD or another respiratory disease. But when you're hooked up to your oxygen tank or concentrator, it can make working out and doing other physical activities a little bit more tricky.

 

Fortunately, exercising with oxygen isn't too difficult if you know how to do it right. In fact, the extra oxygen you get should make it easier to exercise by improving your endurance and making it easier to breathe. 

 

In this article, we're going to give you a variety of tips and techniques to help you better manage exercise while you're using supplemental oxygen. That way, you can continue living an active, healthy life without letting your disease or your oxygen therapy get in the way.

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15 Common Myths and Misconceptions About COPD

Aug 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, portable oxygen concentrator, oxygen therapy

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Despite affecting more than 11 million people in the United States, many people do not understand COPD. Even people who have been diagnosed with COPD often have a poor understanding of how the disease actually works.

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How to Treat Bloating Caused by COPD

Aug 21, 2018 11:00:42 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Portable Oxygen, portable oxygen concentrator, oxygen therapy

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Everyone experiences bloating every now and then, often the result of a big meal or a minor stomach illness. However, bloating tends to be a frequent problem for people with COPD for different reasons, and it's a problem that is frequently underestimated.

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How to Reach Your Treatment Goals with Your COPD Action Plan

Apr 19, 2018 9:33:42 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Tips and Hacks, diet, oxygen therapy

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Living healthily and happily with COPD is all about developing healthy lifestyle habits and learning how to keep your symptoms under control. Because it is a chronic disease with no real cure, the only way to manage it is by keeping up with daily medication and carefully following treatment goals.

 

That's why all COPD patients should have a personalized COPD action plan to help them keep track of their medications and other treatment goals.

 

A COPD action plan is a comprehensive set of instruction on how to manage and treat your COPD. It's the most important tool you have for keeping your symptoms under control and preserving the health of your lungs and the rest of your body.

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25 Tips to Help You Breathe Easier in the Summer

Apr 10, 2018 9:15:10 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Respiratory Resource Center, Portable Oxygen, Tips and Hacks, portable oxygen concentrator, oxygen therapy

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Summer is the season that most people associate with sunny days, bathing suits, and a plethora of outdoor sports and activities. But if you have COPD, summer can also be a difficult time marked by struggles with respiratory irritants and difficulty breathing.

 

Part of living with COPD is having to be extra careful about protecting your body, and especially your lungs, from harm. That means doing everything you can to avoid illnesses, exacerbations, and any environmental conditions that could weaken your lungs or make your symptoms worse.

 

Unfortunately, with every new season COPD patients have to adjust to new hazards and challenges that come with the change in weather. And with the summer on its way, it's important to know what to expect and how you can prepare yourself for the shift.

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A Comprehensive Guide for Traveling with Oxygen and COPD

Mar 27, 2018 9:00:53 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Respiratory Resource Center, Portable Oxygen, Tips and Hacks, oxygen therapy

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The stress and hassle of traveling can be a challenge for anyone, but it poses a special challenge for those struggling with chronic diseases like COPD.

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16 Mucus Clearing Techniques That Alleviate Shortness of Breath

Feb 28, 2018 6:47:48 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Portable Oxygen, Tips and Hacks, oxygen therapy

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Many people with respiratory diseases COPD and Cystic Fibrosis have to deal with extra phlegm and congestion in their lungs and airways. It's an unfortunate symptom that can be difficult to manage, especially during periods of illness and exacerbations.

 

The reason for the excess mucus is inflammation in the respiratory tract caused by the disease. This kicks your mucus membranes into overdrive in an attempt to lubricate and soothe the lungs and airways, but it often leads to way too much extra mucus that is difficult to clear out.

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Sleep Apnea Overview: How to Treat and Overcome Your Sleep Disorder

Feb 28, 2018 6:21:13 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, oxygen therapy, sleep apnea

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Sleep Apnea Overview: How to Treat and Overcome Your Sleep Disorder

If you're like most people, you've experienced the occasional morning when, despite appearing to get a full night's sleep, you wake up feeling drowsy and unrested. That's not abnormal if it only happens every once in awhile.

However, if you wake up often with drowsiness you can't shake and feel tired every day, it could be a sign that you have sleep apnea.


There are many potential causes of sleep apnea, and each case requires special evaluation to determine what's causing the obstruction. Luckily, there are a variety of treatments and interventions that can help people with all types of sleep apnea sleep better and feel better.

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Pulmonary Fibrosis: Everything You Need to Know

Feb 28, 2018 6:18:37 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in Respiratory Resource Center, oxygen therapy

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Pulmonary fibrosis is a complicated, incurable disease that affects the lungs of nearly 140 thousand Americans. It happens when chronic inflammation or irritants cause damage to the lungs and leave scarred, non-functional lung tissue behind.

This irreversible scarring severely reduces lung function and causes people with the disease to have difficulty breathing and absorbing oxygen. Doctors often find the root cause of  pulmonary fibrosis   difficult to diagnose, since there are many potential factors, including underlying disease, that can cause progressive scarring to the lungs.

Although there is no real cure for pulmonary fibrosis, there are a variety of medicines and treatments available to help those living with the disease. Proper treatment and healthy lifestyle habits can reduce uncomfortable symptoms, improve patients' quality of life, and even slow down the progression of the disease.
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