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Doctor listening to patient's congested lungs using a stethoscope.
May 16, 2023
Congested Lungs: Causes, Symptoms, and Relief

When our bodies are exposed to different bacteria, viruses, dust, pollen, or smoke, their natural response is to produce excess mucus. This helps trap irritants in the nose or airways, stopping them from entering the lungs.¹ Following the production of excess mucus, the body then triggers a coughing reflex to help propel the mucus (and […]

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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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Female clinician writing prescription as part of patient's bronchiectasis treatment.
Apr 18, 2023
5 Steps for Evaluating a Bronchiectasis Treatment Plan

You want the best care possible for your patients, but providing a better quality of care is more than prescribing medication. It’s about ensuring the treatment is effective and appropriate in achieving a successful patient outcome and quality of life. Suppose your patients are struggling to manage bronchiectasis-related symptoms. In that case, it may be […]

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Man in bathrobe experiencing bronchiectasis flare up.
Feb 01, 2023
Bronchiectasis Flare Up: What To Expect

  Flare-ups (also known as exacerbations) occur when symptoms of a chronic disease suddenly worsen. Bronchiectasis, for example, is a lung condition that triggers inflammation and infection in the airways due to mucus buildup.   With each onset of infection, the airways become abnormally widened, making breathing more difficult. Simultaneously, your lungs lose the ability […]

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Clinician using stethoscope to hear lungs in patient's chest.
Jan 18, 2023
Single-Patient Use Wrap for Inpatient HFCWO Therapy

When treating patients for a respiratory condition, you want to provide the best, most comfortable experience possible. If SmartVest is already a part of your hospital’s continuum of care program, then you can feel confident knowing that each patient will receive effective airway clearance treatment while in your care. About SmartVest The SmartVest Airway Clearance […]

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Woman feeling her throat muscles as she begins huff coughing after airway clearance therapy.
Jan 03, 2023
Using Huff Cough with Airway Clearance

“Huff cough” is a popular coughing exercise that works to remove phlegm from the airways. This technique is typically performed in combination with airway clearance therapy to help loosen the mucus, so it becomes easier to cough out. In fact, all forms of airway clearance rely on good coughs to prevent mucus buildup [1]. However, […]

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An older man sitting on couch while coughing from post nasal drip.
Dec 20, 2022
Can Post Nasal Drip Worsen Bronchiectasis Symptoms?

The human body produces mucus every day [1], and more often than not, it works quietly behind the scenes, so it remains unnoticed and we can go about our day.  However, whenever there is a change in temperature or humidity levels, you may start to feel irritation develop in the back of your throat and […]

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Samuel standing with SmartVest on stage.
Dec 06, 2022
“Airway Clearance Changed Everything” A SmartVest Story

Imagine feeling short on breath every time you walk to the mailbox or having to put your family life on hold because you require hospitalization for a severe lung infection. If you’re living with bronchiectasis, you know these scenarios too well. Bronchiectasis is an irreversible lung condition that causes the airways in the lungs to […]

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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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Hands held over the chest of a person
Sep 27, 2022
What Is Chest Physiotherapy?

Chest Physiotherapy (CPT) is an airway clearance technique that typically involves the assistance of another individual (e.g., caregiver, trained family member, or respiratory therapist) to manually perform chest percussion on a patient’s chest wall. Chest percussion is defined as manually clapping on a person’s chest wall in an effort to break up mucus and prevent […]

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