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, in patients with COPD. These include coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), obesity, diabetes, depression, and obstructive sleep apnea. Even if you have mild COPD, you have an increased risk of death from these other conditions, notes Dr. David Au, also of the University of Washington. Taking actions to reduce the risks of these other diseases can improve the quality of life and extend the life expectancy of the COPD patient.
These 5 Habits Could Add 10 Years to Your Life
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?
Breath Training Before Surgery Can Cut the Risk of Pneumonia in Half
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%.