People with COPD often experience nighttime awakenings due to coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness. What they may not be aware of, however, is that they’re at increased risk for sleep apnea, a type of sleep interruption caused by periods when a sufferer stops breathing during sleep. These pauses (known as “apnea”) often last 10 seconds or longer. Apnea may or may not cause a sufferer to wake up enough to know that their sl
It’s a conundrum: Exercise is good for you. You should exercise to maintain your health. But exercise is a common trigger for asthma. So if you have asthma, is exercise is bad for you? What do you do? Luckily, the situation is not really so confusing. When exercise brings on an asthma attack, it’s called exercise-induced asthma (EIA), and this triggering effect often can be brought under control. EIA is characterized by episodes of coughing
A free e-booklet for COPD patients is now available from the American Thoracic Society, thanks to an educational grant from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. In it you will find information on COPD diagnosis, treatment, and triggers, asthma and bronchitis, and the latest research presented at the ATS 2016 International Conference. Altogether the booklet runs 8 pages. Reviewers for the e-booklet included Kevin Wilson, MD, chief of ATS Documents &
Not only is November COPD Awareness Month, November 18 is World COPD Day, an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) to improve awareness and care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease around the world. This year’s theme is "It's Not Too Late." The theme emphasizes the meaningful actions people can take at any stage before or after a COPD diagnosis to improve their respiratory health.