SmartVest Blog

SmartVest user sitting on bed while using airway clearance device.
Feb 20, 2024
Bronchiectasis vs. COPD: How Are They Different?

Learn more about the differences between bronchiectasis and COPD. For many people living with impaired breathing, bronchiectasis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) may seem like similar terms. These diseases do have significant differences that help determine which treatment will be most effective.

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A doctor reviews his notes as the patient awaits an MRI
Feb 06, 2024
HRCT: The Gold Standard in Bronchiectasis Diagnosis

High-resolution computerized technology (HRCT) allows clinicians to get an accurate bronchiectasis diagnosis among patients experiencing common symptoms of this condition. Bronchiectasis (brong-kee-EK-tuh-sis) is an irreversible chronic lung condition caused by abnormal widening of the lung’s airways. Although no cure for bronchiectasis exists, patients can manage their symptoms and avoid triggering flare-ups that may require hospitalizations. […]

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An older couple go for a walk outside
Jan 23, 2024
What Is NTM Lung Disease?

Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (or NTM) are organisms that naturally occur in water, soil, and dust.¹ When you inhale these NTM organisms, the bacteria travel to your lungs, which may cause a respiratory infection to develop. Though NTM lung disease can affect anyone, you may be at higher risk if you have a pre-existing lung condition, such […]

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A doctor reviews their clipboard of patient details
Jan 09, 2024
How Serious Is Bronchiectasis?

Chronic cough, shortness of breath, mucus buildup, and recurring respiratory infection are all common bronchiectasis symptoms. Although there is currently no cure for this chronic lung condition, there are ways to help manage your individual symptoms so you can breathe easier. In this guide, you’ll find answers to common questions about bronchiectasis to help you […]

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Man coughing into arm while having a coughing fit.
Dec 28, 2023
Coughing Fits: Causes and How to Find Relief

Coughing fits can be disruptive, uncomfortable, and sometimes downright embarrassing. But did you know that they may also indicate an underlying health condition? In this article, we’ll explore the link between coughing fits and certain lung conditions, shedding light on what you need to know to help manage your symptoms. What Is Considered a “Coughing […]

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Graphic icon of the anatomy of the lungs.
Dec 12, 2023
A Breath of Knowledge: Understanding the Anatomy of the Lungs

Our respiratory system is a complex network of organs and tissues responsible for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body. It consists of two main parts: The upper respiratory tract The lower respiratory tract The upper respiratory tract includes the nose, nasal cavity, sinuses, pharynx, and larynx while the lower respiratory tract […]

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Man holding his chest.
Nov 28, 2023
Bronchiectasis vs. Bronchitis: How to Tell the Difference

Do you often experience coughing, shortness of breath, and chest pain? These symptoms could indicate a chronic respiratory condition, such as bronchiectasis or chronic bronchitis. While these two conditions share some similarities, their differences can impact your treatment for symptom management. In this article, we’ll explore the similarities and differences between bronchiectasis and bronchitis, helping […]

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Different types of bronchiectasis.
Nov 14, 2023
Types of Bronchiectasis: What You Need to Know

If you or someone you love is living with bronchiectasis, you may be aware that the causes and symptoms of this chronic condition differ among individuals. While there are commonalities, such as shortness of breath, chronic cough, and respiratory infections, bronchiectasis affects patients differently. The reason? Bronchiectasis develops from other lung diseases that are either […]

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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 man using SmartVest to help clear mucus buildup.
Nov 02, 2023
How to Get Rid of Mucus in the Lungs

Mucus typically gets a bad reputation, but it actually helps protect your body from the spread of bacteria and allergens by trapping germs.¹ Though congestion can make you feel uncomfortable and cause breathing difficulty, your body’s natural response is to mobilize mucus buildup in the lungs and cough—causing the phlegm to thin and loosen. You’ve […]

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