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    1. COPD: Clearing Your Lungs

      COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a long-term illness that makes it hard to breathe, but learning to clear your lungs may help you save energy and oxygen, and help prevent lung infections.

    2. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - What Increases Your Risk

      Risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include those you can control, such as smoking, and others that you cannot control, such as inherited factors (genes).Risk factors you can controlTobacco smoking is the most important risk factor for COPD. In comparison, other risk factors are minor.At least 10% to 15% of all cigarette smokers develop COPD with symptoms; some studies ..

    3. Oxygen Treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

      Oxygen treatment increases the amount of oxygen that flows into the lungs and into the bloodstream, may improve shortness of breath, and prolongs survival of some people who have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Oxygen treatment may be given using several delivery systems, including air concentrators, oxygen - gas cylinders, and liquid - oxygen devices.You do not have to stay a

    4. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - What Is Genetic Counseling?

      Information from genetic testing can have a big impact on your life. Ask to have genetic counseling before making a decision about testing. Genetic counselors are trained to explain the test and its results, but you make the decision about whether to have the test. A genetic counselor can help you make well - informed decisions. Genetic counseling can help you and your family:Understand medical ..

    5. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Topic Overview

      What does it mean to conserve energy?Cooking dinner, putting away laundry, or even just walking across your living room can be exhausting when you have COPD, heart failure, or another long-term (chronic) condition. You may feel at times as though you've lost your ability to live your life.Conserving, or saving, your energy means finding ways of doing daily activities with as little effort as possible. With some planning and tips, you can get tasks done more easily and enjoy your daily routine.How can you conserve energy in daily activities?Plan activitiesMake a list of what you have to do every day. Group the tasks by location, so you do all the chores you have in one part of your house around the same time.Go out for errands or do chores at the time of day when you have the most energy.Leave plenty of time to do tasks or get to events. That way you aren't rushed and breathless to get somewhere. Include rest periods in your day.Ask for help from family or friends for chores that are

    6. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - What Is AAT Deficiency Testing?

      A blood test can measure the amount of alpha1 - antitrypsin in your blood. You may have AAT deficiency if your levels are low or if the blood test is not able to find any AAT in your blood. If your AAT level is lower than normal, the blood sample can be tested to look for the type of alpha1 - antitrypsin. People who carry the changed gene may be more at risk for symptoms if they have a certain typ

    7. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Topic Overview

      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) does not necessarily reduce your desire for or your ability to have sex. Many people avoid having sex,however,because they are afraid of becoming short of breath. This can greatly add to feelings of guilt or low self-esteem as well as add to your stress level as you try to deal with a chronic disease. Decreased interest in sex is often attributed ...

    8. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

      WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a disease passed down from your parents that can make it hard to breathe.

    9. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Starts in the Liver

      Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (alpha-1) can hurt the liver, especially in small children. Learn about the symptoms, treatments, who's at risk, and how to prevent it.

    10. Emphysema: Stages and Prognosis

      WebMD explains two staging systems that determine the severity of emphysema in a person, along with prognosis and possible life expectancy.

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