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  1. COPD: Avoiding Your Triggers

    You can do things at home to manage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). By learning the triggers for COPD and avoiding them, you can help reduce flare-ups.

  2. COPD and Sexual Activity - 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 ...

  3. Pulmonary Embolism - Home Treatment

    Home treatment is not recommended for initial treatment for pulmonary embolism. However, it is important for preventing additional clots from developing and causing a deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to recurring pulmonary embolism.

  4. Spirometry Tests for COPD - Topic Overview

    Spirometry is the best test to assess lung function. It often is used to evaluate a person who has a chronic cough and sputum ( mucus ) production and a history of risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),even if shortness of breath is not present. It is also used to determine whether a specific therapy has improved lung function or whether your lung disease is getting ...

  5. Pulmonary Embolism - Prevention

    Daily use of anticoagulant medicines may help prevent recurring pulmonary embolism by stopping new blood clots from forming and stopping existing clots from growing.

  6. Ventilation Options for COPD - Topic Overview

    Mechanical ventilation means having a machine help you breathe. If you have COPD,you may need this treatment when your breathing problems suddenly get worse and stay worse. These breathing attacks are called COPD exacerbations or flare-ups. This treatment is usually used until you are able to breathe better. In rare cases,it is used as long-term therapy in your home or a care facility. ...

  7. Pulmonary Embolism - What Happens

    Pulmonary embolism can be fatal. Find out how pulmonary embolism unfolds.

  8. Pulmonary Embolism - Medications

    Medications can help prevent repeated episodes of pulmonary embolism by preventing new blood clots from forming or preventing existing clots from getting larger.

  9. Lung Infections and COPD - Topic Overview

    When you have COPD,it’s easier for you to get lung infections like bronchitis and pneumonia. If you are still smoking,the risk may be even higher. COPD causes your airways to get narrower. That makes it harder for your lungs to clear out mucus. And that mucus makes an inviting home for the germs that cause lung infections. These infections also cause more shortness of breath and coughing ...

  10. Pulmonary Embolism - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you think you have symptoms of pulmonary embolism.

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