Treatment & Therapy for COPD
Annotation:National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
Annotation:National Jewish Health - Summary of the ways COPD can be treated, depending on its severity: medications, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, and lung volume reduction surgery, plus the continuing need to avoid infections.
Annotation:National Jewish Health - Describes the major classes of medicines used in the treatment of COPD: Bronchodilators, Anti-inflammatories, Antibiotics, and Quick-Relief Medications plus the devices used for inhaling medications.
Annotation:American Thoracic Society - Frequently asked questions and answers about breathing medications and the devices used to take some of them.
Annotation:American Association For Respiratory Care - Provides answers to such questions as what is an aerosol? What are these breathing devices? Why do I have to use them? What’s in them? How do they work? And how do I maintain them?
Annotation:National Emphysema Foundation - Recent developments in COPD care, from lung transplantation to the use of inhaled steroids, are described.
Annotation:American Thoracic Society - Lung surgery benefits a small percentage of patients who have severe COPD; this article explains the main surgical procedures. How to best prepare for any surgery when you have COPD is also outlined.
Annotation:National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health - Pulmonary rehabilitation, which often includes smoking cessation, exercise training, breathing strategies, nutrition counseling, and education, can improve your ability to function and your quality of life.
Annotation:Bastyr Center for Natural Health site - Describes the use of acupressure to improve breathing, reduce anxiety, and increase the amount of activity people with lung problems can perform before becoming short of breath.
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