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Living with COPD

Posted on in COPD, Compression therapy

It is commonly known that heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death in the United States year after year. But after those, what’s next? Accidents? Strokes? Alzheimer’s? Murder? Exactly none of those. No, the third leading cause of death in America that kills 120,000-130,000 people every year is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

This disease, most commonly found in smokers and those who are subjected to debris-filled environments, has two main forms: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the physical structure and tissues of the lungs is destroyed over time. With chronic bronchitis, the bronchi become inflamed and a cough with mucus is present.

Both of these conditions make breathing very difficult and painful. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for COPD, meaning that treatment is focused on limiting the progression of the disease and managing the pain and symptoms. Oxygen therapy is a necessity, especially as the disease develops.

Another form of treatment and symptom management is using a nebulizer to take medication through a mouthpiece. The nebulizer vaporizes the medicine into tiny, microscopic droplets that are then inhaled and sent directly to the lungs. These medications are most often to reduce the pain and swelling associated with chronic bronchitis.

The COPD lifestyle, treatment and symptoms aside, is not much different from everyone else’s. While smoking is definitely restricted, the only other changes should be a healthy diet and limiting your exposure to areas where people smoke. Aerobic exercise, while it may seem counterintuitive, can actually help with breathing since it improves the efficiency of the cardiovascular system.

Broadway Medical offers nebulizers and other respiratory equipment to help aid in your treatment and symptom management of COPD. Our helpful and caring staff can assist you or your loved one with finding the right equipment to get them breathing easier. Call or come by today and let us help you with your COPD treatment.