New Study Identifies Affordable and Sustainable Way to Help People with COPD

Close-up Asian woman hand, pressing a button on air purifier machine in a bedroom. dust and air pollution concept. air cleaner removing fine dust in house.A new study is offering a potential solution to the symptoms of COPD: using an air purifier.

The new work found that when people with COPD regularly used an air purifier in their homes, both their lungs and hearts responded better than without one.


COPD, short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, can be a double whammy for your health. It can make breathing difficult and tax the heart, boosting the risk for heart-related health consequences.

The study found that when people with the condition used air purifiers, their heart rate was more adaptable to respond to daily demands – something known as heart rate variability, or HRV. HRV is a key measure of heart health.

People with poor HRVs are at risk for a host of cardiac problems, including heart attacks and worsening cardiac symptoms. These things all increase the risk of someone with COPD being hospitalized.
Those who used an air purifier had a 25 percent daily increase in HRV.

In addition to its effect on HRV, the researchers also looked at what is called “ultra-fine particles,” which are tiny irritants found in breathable air. They found an association between their presence in a person’s home and a negative impact on lung health.

Ultra-fine particles can be reduced by using an air purifier.


Indoor air quality may play a very important role for people with COPD, and getting a quality air purifier may be a safe, affordable, and effective way to reduce the risk of a severe outcome.

Air purifiers typically range in price from about $150 to $300.

Greater HRV means that your heart can better adapt to increased activity or demands, like breathing heavily or coughing. The more your heart can handle, the healthier you are.

Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.


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