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COPD Awareness Month is November.
Nov 06, 2023
COPD Awareness Month

November is COPD Awareness Month. That means there’s no better time to get involved and help share information about this widespread respiratory disease in your community.  According to the American Lung Association, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects more than 12.5 million people in the United States. But it’s estimated that millions of Americans already […]

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Older woman with COPD getting lungs checked in clinician office.
May 02, 2023
What Causes Rapid Shallow Breathing?

Anyone can experience rapid shallow breathing, also known as tachypnea. Tachypnea is not a medical condition; instead, it is your body’s natural response to a lack of oxygen or too much carbon dioxide in the bloodstream.¹ Tachypnea Definition Consider a person’s average breathing rate to understand tachypnea and how it affects your breathing ability. Adults […]

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Doctors assisting a patient after placing her in an MRI machine
Nov 18, 2022
What Does a CT Scan of the Lungs Show?

A computerized tomography (CT) scan allows radiologists to capture x-ray images of the human anatomy to help examine abnormalities and diagnose certain conditions or injuries that affect our organs, bones, muscles, and blood vessels [1]. Unlike a standard x-ray image, CT scans utilize computerized technology to take multiple images of the body from different angles, […]

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A hand holds an inhaler out
May 31, 2022
Can Asthma Turn Into COPD?

You may be familiar with the term “asthma” and its symptoms, but take a look below to learn more about its common triggers as well as its relationship to other lung-related illnesses, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Asthma 101 Asthma is a chronic condition that causes the airways in your lungs to become […]

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Top 10 SmartVest blogs of 2021.
Jan 13, 2022
Top 10 SmartVest Posts of 2021

For some, the start of a New Year is sometimes met with a mix of emotions. Though you’re eager to see what new adventures lie ahead, you’re also thinking about how these new changes will impact your quality of life.  If you’re living with bronchiectasis or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), for example, you may […]

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A couple meets with a professional
Sep 08, 2021
What Is Your COPD Action Plan?

Though we can’t predict what happens tomorrow, we can try to prepare ourselves for the unexpected by planning ahead. This is especially true if you’re living with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).    According to the American Lung Association, creating an action plan with your healthcare team is one of the most important steps in […]

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A woman drinking a glass of water
Aug 10, 2021
Hydration Tips for People Living with COPD

Staying regularly hydrated plays an important role in fighting infection, supplying nutrients to the body, and keeping organs functioning properly. [1] Water also regulates the body’s temperature [2] and will replenish any fluids you lose from urinating, sweating, or excessive exercising. There is no doubt that water is essential to our health and wellness, but […]

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Leonard Nimoy
Apr 27, 2021
“Remembering Leonard Nimoy” A Daughter’s Tribute to Her Father

Many of us may know a friend or loved one living with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)—a serious lung condition that affects more than 16.4 million Americans[1]. Though more research is being conducted on the causes and treatments of this disease, COPD is still the third leading cause of death in the United States[2]. COPD […]

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A doctor speaks with her client
Mar 05, 2021
How Is COPD Diagnosed?

  If you’re experiencing shortness of breath, fatigue, or chronic cough, it might be time to speak to your doctor about getting tested for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).   COPD is a serious lung condition that a person can develop from long-term exposure to tobacco smoke, chemicals, fumes, and other harmful pollutants, including ammonia […]

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A pair of 2 kg weights
Feb 02, 2021
Benefits of Exercise with COPD

Staying active, eating healthy, and building muscle is good for the body and mind, especially if you’re living with a respiratory condition like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, you may find it more challenging than others to exercise on a regular basis if you’re experiencing a flare up or worsening of COPD symptoms, such […]

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