COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease): Treatment and Therapy
Annotation:National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health - COPD has no cure yet. However, lifestyle changes and treatments can help you feel better, stay more active, and slow the progress of the disease. This page summarizes the treatments with links to more in-depth information.
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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