With COPD, how you are feeling can change over the course of a day and over years as your condition progresses. Whether monitoring your air flow to prevent flare-ups or supplementing your oxygen supply, our therapeutic devices support you in each stage of your condition. Many provide the same technology and performance you would find in a hospital, but are designed to be light, portable and fit your lifestyle.
Mark Junge is a bike adventurer and has COPD. Hear his perspective on how portable oxygen treatment can help others with COPD stay active and empowered.
If during the regular monitoring of your COPD your doctor decides that the oxygen levels in your blood stream are too low, he or she may prescribe oxygen therapy. This may seem quite frightening at first and you may worry about being connected to an oxygen tank. However, oxygen can reduce shortness of breath, allow you to exercise longer and harder, sleep better and generally make you feel better1.
Portable oxygen concentrators (POC) like SimplyGo Mini can help you get the oxygen therapy you need inside or outside the house, including when you travel.
If you have been prescribed liquid medication for inhalation, nebulizers are used to change the liquid into a fine mist which allows it to reach deep into the lungs where it can be most effective. Vibrating mesh nebulizers pull the drug through the microscopic holes in the mesh, which creates the aerosol. Mesh nebulizers are highly efficient and can be used to nebulize most commonly prescribed medications.
A peak flow meter is an inexpensive, portable, handheld device for people with COPD that is used to measure how well air moves out of your lungs. Measuring your peak flow using this meter is an important part of managing your COPD symptoms and to help prevent a flare-up.
Lightweight, self-contained and portable, PersonalBest puts peak flow monitoring at your fingertips whenever you need it.
Spacers and valved holding chambers are used with your inhaler, puffer or pMDI to help deliver medication to your lungs where it is needed. A valved holding chamber may improve drug delivery to the lungs where it is needed by as much as up to four times3.
Philips’ OptiChamber Diamond Valved Holding Chamber is discreet, portable and small enough to carry with you.
COPD is a term that covers a number of progressive lung conditions that make breathing difficult, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema¹. One of the main causes is prolonged exposure to cigarette smoke, especially if the smoke is inhaled. However, breathing in second hand smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes and dust from the environment or workplace can also cause COPD².
A chronic cough, one that lasts for several weeks without the presence of other illness such as cold or flu, is the first sign of COPD. The cough is usually worse early in the morning, and may be aggravated by exercise or smoke. Other typical symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest and increased mucus (or phlegm) production 1,2.
One of the main causes of COPD is prolonged exposure to cigarette smoke, especially if the smoke is inhaled. But breathing in secondhand smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes or dust from the workplace also can cause the condition1.
These inhaled particles can cause the mucus glands that line the bronchi to produce more mucus than normal. In addition, the inflammation that they trigger causes the walls of the bronchi to thicken and swell. Environmental factors and genetics may also play a part in the development of COPD 1,2.
COPD has four stages, each one with different symptoms of increasing severity. However, by monitoring your symptoms and effectively managing them, it is possible to slow the progression of the disease and to enjoy a more active life1,2.
Combining a program of exercise, education and support, pulmonary rehab can help you live more comfortably with COPD by increasing your capacity for exercise and improving your mobility. You’ll learn about effective breathing techniques, relaxation exercises, the use of medication and oxygen, good nutrition and travel tips, as well as how to avoid flare-ups and stay healthy. Pulmonary rehab also provides an opportunity meet others with COPD to exchange experiences, provide mutual encouragement and increase determination to improve fitness levels and fight the disease1.
Genetics can play a part in the development of COPD, even if you have never smoked or been exposed to pollutants for an extended period of time. In particular, emphysema can be triggered by a deficiency in alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT), which is a protein that protects the lungs from the harmful effects of white blood cells in the lungs. However, not everyone with COPD who has never smoked has a deficiency on AAT, so it is believed that there must be other genetic triggers for COPD1.
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