Bill Ellis is a patient with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Emphysema. That doesn't stop him from running around after his dog at a dog show! With the help of his oxygen backpack, he maintains an active and healthy lifestyle. "I continue to be a sample-of-one testament to the benefits of staying active, in spite of my Alpha-1. I walk 30 minutes per day, do lung volume and strengthening exercises, and generally stay active. This past year, I hav
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Dangers of COPD and High Blood Pressure What does high blood pressure have to do with your lungs? Everything. Each part of your body works together to create a whole: You. Every part of your body needs to be taken care of and monitored, not just your lungs. Trust us: You’ll think your blood pressure is very important if you have a stroke! Pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure, can cause an aneurysm (stroke) because of the damage that
JANUARY 2019 Here is a roundup of the articles, news & updates that we've published on the PERF blog site during the past month. Click on the "Read More" link at the bottom of each excerpt to read the full article. Companion Conditions for COPD Patients [VIDEO] In this video, part of a continuing series produced by Medscape, Dr. Laura Feemster of the University of Washington discusses the risks of comorbidities, or companion diseases,
People often worry about the risk of complication or even death when undergoing general anesthesia for major surgery, but the risk of hospital-acquired postoperative pneumonia is another serious concern, especially following major abdominal surgery. A new study, though, has shown a way to cut that risk in half. When patients practiced breathing exercises immediately after surgery, the incidence of pneumonia was reduced by 50%. Researchers cond
The average life expectancy of a woman 50 years old who does not live a low-risk lifestyle is 29 years (to age 79). If that same woman were to make five low-risk lifestyle changes, however, her life expectancy could be increased by 14 years (to age 93). In men, those same low-risk habits could increase life expectancy by 12 years, from age 76 to 88. What Are These Life-Extending Low-Risk Factors? They are: healthy diet never smoking