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.
Get The Most Out Of Your Next Office Visit
What if you haven’t been to the doctor in a long while, and now, realizing that you’ve been feeling short of breath, you’ve scheduled an appointment for a physical? How do you best prepare for that office visit? How do you make sure you communicate clearly how you’re feeling and the symptoms you’re experiencing? We have some advice.
The E-Cigarette – Friend or Foe?
The modern Electronic Cigarette (E-Cigarette) was developed by Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist. He was a 3 pack/day smoker, whose father died of lung cancer. He decided to develop a safer alternative to cigarettes to help himself and others to smoke more safely or quit altogether. E-Cigarettes are now a multibillion-dollar industry with more than 800 brands and 200 manufacturers, with the tobacco industry becoming a major player.
What Are Combination Agents?
You might be prescribed combination agents to treat your COPD; a combination of various drugs that each work to relieve different aspects of the disease. Here’s a quick tutorial on the combination agents that are widely used today: Combivent®, Advair®, Symbicort®,, Duoneb®, Stiolto, Breo and Anoro.
Do You Need To Work On Your Relationship – With Your Doctor?
When you’re managing your COPD, you’ll want to understand the disease, learn the signs of an impending flare-up, engage in beneficial exercise, eat right, get plenty of sleep, and learn how to maintain a positive attitude. These are all important tools for managing your disease. Another very important tool is your doctor – or rather, your relationship with your doctor. Are you comfortable talking with him or her?
Mastering the “Good” Cough
When you simply “cough” because you need to cough, you may not be doing a very good job of clearing the mucus and phlegm out of your lungs. If you have COPD, you can do a better job of clearing your lungs, and at the same time tiring yourself out less, if you master a huff cough, also known in COPD circles as a forceful cough or “good” cough.
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