COPD raises cardiac death risk in patients with atrial fibrillation

There are close to 24 million people in the United States suffering from COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder and now experts believe this lung disease increases the risk of cardiac death in those with atrial fibrillation. Research conducted through Ghent University Hospital in Belgium indicates that COPD is linked to cardiac issues, such as here to read more

COPD and Chronic bronchitis patients seek relief from new device

Patients with COPD or chronic bronchitis can obtain relief from their conditions with a new device called Aerobika® made from Trudell Medical International. COPD and chronic bronchitis symptoms can worsen in the winter months, leaving patients breathless. Aerobika® is a device that can help open airways and loosen up mucus, making it easier to expel here to read more

COPD differences: Emphysema vs. chronic bronchitis

Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Both conditions are life-long and lead to permanent lung complications, which leads to difficulties with breathing. There are many similarities between emphysema and chronic bronchitis, but they also have very notable differences that distinguish them from one another. Emphysema results from a here to read more

Asthma, COPD and bronchitis: Key differences in common respiratory diseases

Common respiratory diseases like asthma, bronchitis and COPD can seriously impact a person’s quality of life, but proper diagnosis and treatment can help those who suffer live more comfortably. Understanding the differences between asthma, COPD and bronchitis can help lead to appropriate care. The differences between asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, are here to read more

Yoga found effective for patients with COPD

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can now say, “Namaste” after research found yoga to be an effective form of pulmonary rehabilitation. Researchers at the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders and All India Institute of Medical Sciences found yoga exercises were just as effective as traditional pulmonary rehabilitation at improving pulmonary function, here to read more

Gene controlling lung disease repair may help COPD and asthma treatment

The hedgehog gene has been found to play a role in the regeneration of adult lungs for those with lung disease. The hedgehog gene is responsible for controlling embryonic development and maintaining the normal physiological state and repair process of a healthy lung if damaged. The findings come from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine here to read more

Safety concern for seniors with COPD who are using new opioid treatment

Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, have found that opioid use among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) increases health risks. Dr. Nicholas Vozoris from the hospital said, “The new use of opioids was remarkably high among adults with COPD living in the community. The amount of opioid use is concerning here to read more

COPD and smoking behavior – study finds new genetic link to lung disease

A genetic link has been found between COPD and smoking behavior which can contribute to lung disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death worldwide. As a progressive lung disease, breathing becomes more and more difficult over time. There are different types of COPD including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Common here to read more

Tai chi improves physical capacity in certain chronic conditions

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed a link between tai chi and improved physical capacity among seniors with certain chronic conditions. The findings showed improvement among those with breast cancer, heart failure, osteoarthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Tai chi originated in ancient China and utilizes slow, flowing, gentle movements here to read more

Breathing difficulty? Common causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Trouble breathing? Persistent cough or frequent chest infections? This could be chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. COPD exacerbation is not something you want to fool around with. Your body needs oxygen and you need to breathe! People here to read more