An Overview of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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  1. WILLIAM SHELTON says:

    I am on OXYGEN 24/7 3 LITER a NEBULIZER MACHINE I have SLEEP APNEA COPD with EMPHYSEMA CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE PULMONARY HYPERTENSION CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE had a HEARTATTACK OPEN HEART SURGERY ANEURYSM on my A ORTA n AORTA DISSECTION REPAIR.
    These r d Meds I take
    Albuterol 2.5mg/3 ml nebulizer solution
    Aspirin 81 mg
    AtorvaStain 80mg
    Eliquis 5mg
    Metoprolol 25 mg
    Operazola 20mg
    Spiriva Respimate 2.5MCG/ACT INHALER
    Symbicort 80-4.5 MCG/ACT INHALER

    1. PERF says:

      Dear William,

      You have my deepest sympathy for having to contend with so many serious health issues!

      I’m sure you keep several physicians very busy taking care of you. They would have to coordinate with each other, always keeping in mind how all your problems are interrelated and can best be helped. That could not be easy. You must be a very special man, trying to keep track of all the advice and treatments given you! Of course, there is no way any internet site would be able to give you any advice other than to hang in!

      We wish you the best of luck and hope you are soon feeling better.

      Mary Burns, RN, BS

  2. Sandy MacFadyen says:

    When is a cure for COPD expected! This is a devastating disease amongst millions of Americans that got little attention! This disease does not seek out contributions for research and there are few facilities available. Is stem cell therapy encouraged?

    1. PERF says:

      Dear Sandy,

      Thanks for your question! I don’t know where you live, but are you aware of what great strides have already been made to help those with respiratory problems? When I first got involved with Pulmonary Rehabilitation in 1976, COPD was thought to be as deadly as cancer. Now people die with COPD, not because of i, .

      Unfortunately, stem cells have not yet been found to be of value for COPD but many other things have been learned. For the past 35 years PERF, as an example, rather than waiting for the success of such research, has been dedicated to projects which,​ in the short​er​ term​,​​ can​ benefit patients with pulmonary disease. That is part of our mission statement. With the enthusiastic assistance of patient volunteers and dedicated professionals, we helped prove the value of pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise and oxygen. ​With our assistance, ​Pulmonary Rehabilitation was first accepted as the standard of care ​for COPD here ​in California, then​ in the rest of​ America, and now around the world.

      I have had the privilege of being invited to many countries to help start pulmonary rehab programs and demonstrate the value of exercise and oxygen. Dr. Casaburi​, the President of PERF, is lecturing in a pulmonary conference in Europe, sharing information with other health professionals, as I write this​. He, as well as other ​wonderful ​ physicians​,​ continue to lecture all over the wor​l​d at​ such ​conferences​,​ ​designed to ​increase knowledge on how to help those with COPD. Do you know how many countries ​also ​send physicians here to LA BioMed learn about these things? They ​often ​visit local pulmonary rehab programs ​while ​here so they can return ​home ​with ​helpful knowledge to countries around the world​ coping with the problems of pulmonary disease mostly caused by smoking.

      We have also been part of the 10-year-old NIH funded genetics studies, still ongoing, that have resulted in many, many other areas of research being further investigated around the United States. Lots of exciting things are being discovered. ​

      ​But you are right. Research in COPD is underfunded, given ​the tremendous impact​ of this disease​. PERF, like several other organizations, tries to get better funding, but it is very difficult in today’s ​​political​ world with so many decisions about where to best spend money. ​That doesn’t mean we have given up! The pulmonary community is continuing to do all it can to learn more, and to spread this knowledge around the United States and the world.

      ​It is people like you, with your passion to make things improve, that can help us in the future​! ​Rather than waiting for things to happen, think about ways that you can help, by volunteering locally, or financially supporting organizations like ours. ​

      Thanks again for your question and keep reading our website and blog for further information. ​

      Warm regards,

      Mary Burns, RN, BS

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