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  1. Oxygen Therapy: Using Oxygen at Home

    If you need oxygen therapy at home,it is important to learn how to use it and take care of your equipment. This information will help you get the most from your oxygen therapy. Key points Breathing extra oxygen can help you feel better and lead a more active life. You can travel even though you use oxygen,but you will need to plan ahead. Oxygen is a fire hazard. It is important to follow ...

  2. COPD: Lung Volume Reduction Surgery - Topic Overview

    In lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS),a large area of damaged lung is removed to allow the remaining lung tissue to expand when you breathe in. This surgery sometimes is done if you have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with severe emphysema. 1 The National Emphysema Treatment Trial has examined the results of LVRS. The results of this study report that people not ...

  3. Bullectomy for COPD - Topic Overview

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) weakens the structure of the lung and may also damage the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lung. When these air sacs break down,larger airspaces known as bullae are formed. Bullae sometimes can become so large that they interfere with breathing and may cause complications: They can burst,leading to a collapsed lung ( pneumothorax ). A collapsed lung ...

  4. COPD's Effect on the Lungs - Topic Overview

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) slowly damages the lungs and affects how you breathe. COPD's effect on breathing In COPD,the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes) become inflamed and narrowed. They tend to collapse when you breathe out and can become clogged with mucus. This reduces airflow through the bronchial tubes,a condition called airway obstruction,making it difficult ...

  5. COPD: Avoiding Weight Loss

    Key pointsSome people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-especially those with emphysema-may be underweight and malnourished. People with COPD often lose weight. When you lose weight, you lose muscle mass, including the muscles that help you breathe. This may make breathing more difficult. About 1 in 4 people with COPD weighs too little for good health, and those who are ...

  6. Lung Function in COPD - Topic Overview

    Lung function means how well your lungs work. When you have COPD,your lungs can't move as much air in and out as they should. And the more serious your COPD is,the less air your lungs are able to move. Spirometry tests are used to measure lung function. They measure how much air you breathe out when you take long,deep breaths and push the air out of your lungs. For people with COPD,the ...

  7. COPD and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency - Topic Overview

    Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) is a protein normally found in the lungs and the bloodstream. It helps protect the lungs from the damage caused by inflammation that can lead to emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People whose bodies do not produce enough of this protein (AAT deficiency) are more likely to develop emphysema and to do so at a younger-than-normal age (30 to 40 ...

  8. Methylxanthines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    Drug details for Methylxanthines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  9. Respiratory Problems,Age 12 and Older - Home Treatment

    Home treatment can help you feel more comfortable when you have mild to moderate respiratory symptoms.

  10. Respiratory Problems,Age 12 and Older - Prevention

    There is no sure way to prevent respiratory illnesses, but these tips may help.

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