By Brian L. Tiep, MD Pursed lips breathing has been shown to relieve shortness of breath and increase oxygen saturation in people with COPD. It was originally discovered by the patients themselves, who experienced that exhaling through pursed lips made them feel better. Researchers determined that the back pressure created by exhaling through pursed lips slowed exhalation and enabled patients to exhale more fully. A more complete exhalation allo
This is part three of a three-part article. Click here for part 1: "Altitude & Oxygen Levels." Click here for part 2: "Using Your Own Oximeter." To read the entire article on PERF's main website, click here. By Mary Burns, RN, BS PERF Executive Vice President Those of you with restrictive disease will find that your oxygen saturations may plummet with activity if you don't carefully pace yourself and practice good breathing techniques.
Be alert to the early warning signs of a COPD flare-up - increased fatigue, increased sputum and increased cough. Sometimes these symptoms are caused by infections, but it’s just as likely that they’re brought on by other causes, including in some cases an autoimmune component. At any rate, there are things you can do to prevent or minimize these episodes. An extremely important treatment for COPD is pulmonary rehabilitation, which significa