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  1. Sarah's Story: Dealing With the Emotions From COPD - Sarah's story

    More good days. It’s possible to have them,even with COPD,says Sarah,who found out 3 years ago that she had the disease. COPD sneaked up on Sarah. She began coughing more often,and the coughing lasted longer. Every day it got a little bit harder to breathe. One day she found she couldn't walk up the basement stairs without having to stop and catch her breath. And then she began coughing ...

  2. Cal's Story: Learning to Exercise When You Have COPD - Cal's story

    Why me? That’s what Cal asked himself over and over after he was diagnosed with severe COPD 5 years ago. "I spent the first 2 years moping around the house,feeling sorry for myself," he says. "I didn't go anywhere,I didn't do anything. I just sat in front of the TV and tried not to think about anything." Then one day Sonny,his 5-year-old granddaughter,walked up to him as he sat in his ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Pulmonary Embolism - When To Call a Doctor

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

  5. 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 ...

  6. Pulmonary Embolism - Symptoms

    Learn the symptoms of pulmonary embolism.

  7. COPD: Learning to Breathe Easier

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD gets worse over time, but you can take steps to breathe easier and feel better.

  8. Lung Transplant for COPD - Topic Overview

    Although uncommon,lung transplants are sometimes used in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). During a lung transplant,you are given a lung from a donor who has recently died. A single-lung transplant (receiving one lung) is done more often than a double-lung transplant (receiving two lungs). Improvement in the ability to exercise is nearly as good in people who have a single-lung ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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