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Steps to Stay Safe from Wildfire Smoke

Posted by Staff on July 27, 2018

It’s wildfire season in California and there’s one burning close to home. The Carr Fire is currently burning near Redding, California and its effects can be felt throughout many Northern California communities. The haze of smoke drifting into the valley can cause health problems such as eyes stinging, irritation of the respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases such as COPD. While older adults and children are most likely to be affected, it’s important for everyone to take necessary steps to stay as safe as possible from wildfire smoke. Below are suggested steps to take from the CDC.

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How Do You Get COPD?

Posted by Staff on February 19, 2018

According to Web MD, COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is a very serious disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is actually a combination of two diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is the most common cause, however childhood lung issues or regular inhalation of fumes or particals can also case COPD. Read on to find out what this means for you.

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Topics: COPD

Learn Facts And Spread Awareness Celebrating World COPD Day

Posted by Staff on November 13, 2017

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a medical term used to describe progressive lung diseases. The diseases that fall under this umbrella term include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, non-reversible asthma, and certain forms of bronchiectasis.

The main symptom of COPD is increased breathlessness. According to the American Lung Association, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. There have been over 11 million people diagnosed with COPD and many more have it, they just don't know it yet. This is because these people believe that their increased breathlessness is a normal part of aging.

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Topics: COPD

Why You Should Care About Air Quality if You Have COPD

Posted by Staff on September 25, 2017

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term that is used to describe progressive lung diseases including: Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, non-reversible asthma, and certain forms of bronchitis. Learn why it's important to pay attention to the air quality each day if you suffer from COPD.

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Topics: COPD

What You Need To Know About Exercising With COPD

Posted by Staff on July 19, 2017

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term that describes a variety of progressive lung diseases, including asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and non-reversible asthma. This condition causes:

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Topics: COPD

Frequently Asked Questions About COPD

Posted by Staff on June 19, 2017

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is also known as COPD. It is a term that is used to describe a variety of progressive lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, certain forms of bronchiectasis, and non-reversible asthma. Many people don't even realize that they have COPD when it is in the early stages. Later, many people associate their coughing and breathlessness as a normal part of aging. If you have been diagnosed with COPD or if you suspect that you have it, you should know the answers to a few frequently asked questions.

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Top 4 Symptoms of COPD and 4 More You’d Never Expect

Posted by Staff on April 26, 2017

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD, is a disease of the lungs that affects the way our lungs pull carbon dioxide from our blood and replace it with oxygen from the air. It develops slowly, and there is no cure. There is, however, treatment available to improve the quality of the days and extend the years of life for a person diagnosed with COPD.

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Topics: COPD

Do You Know the Two Types of Diseases Associated With COPD?

Posted by Staff on April 05, 2017

Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease, aka COPD, is a disease of the respiratory system that degrades the lung’s ability to exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen. It’s the third leading cause of death in the United States, and while there’s no cure there is treatment available.

COPD is essentially a broad term used to describe any ailment preventing your respiratory system from functioning properly. There are two main respiratory diseases categorized under COPD.

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Topics: COPD

Are You At Risk For COPD?

Posted by Staff on March 03, 2017

Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease (otherwise known as COPD) affects 12 million Americans, and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It’s a blanket term for progressive respiratory issues that affect your body’s ability to filter carbon dioxide from your system and replace it with oxygen.

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Learn About COPD and How to Give Your Lungs a Rest

Posted by Staff on February 03, 2017

COPD is an acronym for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It’s an umbrella diagnosis for any type of chronic respiratory disease that progresses over time. Essentially, it’s any chronic respiratory issue that constricts your ability to breathe, and gets worse with time. While there is no cure, there are ways to treat COPD. There are even ways to prevent it!

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Topics: COPD

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