COPD makes it hard for oxygen to pass through the lungs and into the body. Oxygen therapy will increase the amount of oxygen that gets into your lungs. This will then increase the amount of oxygen that gets into the body. It can ease breathing and improve energy levels. Oxygen therapy may only be need it for physical activity in early stages. It may be needed throughout the day in later stages.
Regular exercise helps the heart and body work better. This will lower the workload on the lungs. Exercise can also improve overall health and mood. Cardio exercises like walking and strength exercise are both helpful. Yoga may also be helpful because of breathing training. An activity plan can be made with care team or during pulmonary rehab.
Special exercises can also make chest muscles stronger. This can help to ease to breathing.
Education about possible irritants is helpful. Smoke, dust, smog, extreme heat or cold, and high altitudes can all make breathing worse. Most can be avoided or limited. There are also steps to decrease the impact it will have.
COPD increase the risk of problems with flu and pneumonia. Vaccinations can prevent these infections or decrease illness. Pneumonia
vaccines are both recommended for people with COPD.
Special methods can ease shortness of breath. Some examples include:
Controlled coughing technique
Long term health issues can be stressful. This can make symptoms worse and decrease quality of life. The impact of stress may be decreased with:
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