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We are a medical information, product review and medical equipment website.  Our team of technicians and clinical staff strive to provide the latest medical news and equipment to assist your respiratory needs and more.  We want to help you get the best equipment suited for your needs, at a great price..

HealthyLungsUSA.com provides medical information on Asthma, COPD, Pneumonia, Sleep Apnea, Seasonal Flu and Lung Disease and Disorders. We have a huge selection of Pulse Oximeters, Nebulizers, Oxygen Concentrators and CPAPs and more…
We are a medical information, product review and medical equipment website.  Our team of technicians and clinical staff strive to provide the latest medical news and equipment to assist your respiratory needs and more.  We want to help you get the best equipment suited for your needs, at a great price..
Our goal is to provide a convenient website for general medical information, product reviews and home medical equipment needs. Particularly with a focus on respiratory health.
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What causes COPD?
    • Well about 80-90% of the people diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Smoked or lived with someone who smoked. The other 10-20% non-smokers who developed COPD probably from workplace chemical or dust exposure. Now some patients are more susceptible to the damaging effects of smoking than others. Is COPD hereditary (Passed from parent to child)? No. Unless everyone in the family are smokers then yes.
Why do I have COPD now?
 
    • People do not develop COPD overnight. COPD develops over decades of smoking and other exposures. Now add to this the other conditions like Congestive Heart Failure, Obstructive Sleep Apnea,Heart disease, Diabetes and Obesity. Any of these with COPD, its no wonder your short of breath.
What can I do the breath easier?
    • Quit Smoking. Talk to your doctor, Get advice from a friend or take quit smoking medication or over-the-counter Nicotine replacement.
    • Take the medications your doctor recommends. If a Nebulizer or inhaler is ordered.
Please read the ebook below.
healthylungsusa.com/…/How-to-use-a-nebulizer.pdf
  • Pace yourself. BUT remain active. Consider Pulmonary rehab to assist with education, exercise and guidance under medical supervision.
  • Unfortunately the damage to your lungs is not reversible. But by taking action now you can maximize the areas of your lungs that are still working well.
Breathlessness, shortness of breath, difficulty with breathing. The medical term for shortness of breath is “dyspnea-Greek difficult+breathing.” Shortness of breath, or dyspnea, is an uncomfortable feeling or condition making it difficult to get enough air into your lungs.
  1. Shortness of breath can have a single cause, or it can have multiple causes. 
  2. Lungs– Asthma, COPD, Pneumonia, etc… 
  3. Heart-Irregular heart beat, low or high blood pressure, etc… 
  4. Blood- anemia and blood clots
  5. Mind- Stress, anxiety and depression.
  6. Body- Overweight, deconditioning and malnutrition.
  7. Medications- using medications for correct purpose, over-use of medications and side effects of other prescribed medications. 
  • Asthma
  • COPD flare-up or exacerbation
  • allergic reaction (such as from a bee sting)
  • carbon monoxide poisoning
  • heart attack
  • low blood pressure
  • pneumonia
  • anemia (low red blood cell count)
  • upper airway obstruction (throat blockage)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • abnormal heartbeat
  • choking
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Blood clot in lungs
  • asthma
  • COPD
  • heart function that is abnormal
  • obesity
  • lung cancer
  • pleurisy
  • pulmonary edema
  • pulmonary fibrosis and other interstitial lung diseases
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • sarcoidosis
  • etc…
1. Pursed-lip breathing
This is a simple way to control shortness of breath. It helps quickly slow your pace of breathing, which makes each breath deeper and more effective.
It also helps release air that’s trapped in your lungs. It can be used any time you’re experiencing shortness of breath, especially during the difficult part of an activity, such as bending, lifting objects, or climbing stairs.
To perform pursed-lip breathing:
1. Relax your neck and shoulder muscles.
2. Slowly breath in through your nose for two counts”Smell the flowers”, keeping your mouth closed.
3. Purse your lips as if you’re about to whistle.
4. Breath out slowly and gently through your pursed lips to the count of four.”Blow out the candles”

  •  Sitting forward
    Resting while sitting can help relax your body and make breathing easier.
    1. Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, leaning your chest slightly forward.
    2. Gently rest your elbows on your knees or hold your chin with your hands. Remember to keep your neck and shoulder muscles relaxed.

  • Sitting forward supported by a table.
    If you have both a chair and table to use, you may find this to be a slightly more comfortable sitting position in which to catch your breath.
    1. Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, facing a table.
    2. Lean your chest slightly forward and rest your arms on the table.
    3. Rest your head on your forearms or on a pillow.

  •  Standing with supported back
    Standing can also help relax your body and airways.
    1. Stand near a wall, facing away, and rest your hips on the wall.
    2. Keep your feet shoulder width apart, and rest your hands on your thighs.
    3. With your shoulders relaxed, lean slightly forward, and dangle your arms in front of you.

    Standing with supported arms
    1. Stand near a table or other flat, sturdy piece of furniture that’s just below the height of your shoulder.
    2. Rest your elbows or hands on the piece of furniture, keeping your neck relaxed.
    3. Rest your head on your forearms and relax your shoulders.
    6. Sleeping in a relaxed position

  • Many people experience shortness of breath while they sleep. This can lead to waking up frequently, which can diminish the quality and duration of your sleep.
    Try lying on your side with a pillow between your legs and your head elevated by pillows, keeping your back straight. Or lie on your back with your head elevated and your knees bent, with a pillow under your knees.
    Both of these positions help your body and airways relax, making breathing easier. Have your doctor assess you for sleep apnea, and use a CPAP machine if recommended.

  •  Diaphragmatic breathing
    Diaphragmatic breathing can also help your shortness of breath. To try this breathing style:
    1. Sit in a chair with bent knees and relaxed shoulders, head, and neck.
    2. Place your hand on your belly.
    3. Breathe in slowly through your nose. You should feel your belly moving under your hand.
    4. As you exhale, tighten your muscles. You should feel your belly fall inward. Breathe out through your mouth with pursed lips.
    5. Put more emphasis on the exhale than the inhale. Keep exhaling for longer than usual before slowly inhaling again.
    6. Repeat for about five minutes.

  • Using a fan.
     Pointing a small handheld fan toward your face can help your symptoms.

  • Drinking coffee
    A study indicates caffeine relaxes the muscles in the airways of people with asthma. This can improve lung function for up to four hours. Now don’t drink all day you could get dehydrated and/or increase heart rate.
Call or visit your doctor when your usual activity causes unexpected shortness of breath. Breathing difficulty should be checked by a doctor if it:
  • comes on suddenly and isn’t relieved with rest not relieved with usual treatment options i.e. Nebulizers, inhalers and oxygen
  • interferes with your daily activities
  • Fever of 100.5º F (38º C)
  • If you cough up blood
  • Feeling your heart beat rapidly, or have palpitations
  • Any new rashes on your skin
  • Any unusual swelling in your feet and legs
  • Weight gain of greater than 3 to 5 pounds in 1 week.
Shortness of breath that does not decrease with treatment or that is combined with other symptoms like chest pain needs urgent evaluation. This includes a possible emergency room visit
It can usually be controlled by:
  • medication
  • breathing techniques
  • exercise
  • supplemental oxygen
Other things you can do to prevent and control shortness of breath include:
  • pacing yourself
  • try to not hold your breath
  • using the pursed lips breathing technique
  • sitting in front of a fan, so it blows on your face
  • asking your doctor about pulmonary rehab
  • losing weight if you are overweight
  • avoiding exertions at elevations above 5,000 feet, unless trained
  • avoiding triggers that worsen asthma
  • avoiding exposure to pollutantsin the air, indoors and outdoors
  • quitting smoking, even if you’ve smoked for a long time (It reduces your risk for lung and heart disease.)
  • getting a routine health checkup
  • asking your doctor about your shortness of breath
  • continuing medications as prescribed
  • following an action plan developed with your doctor
  • ensuring your oxygen supply is adequate and your equipment works properly, if you rely on supplemental oxygen

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