SmartVest Blog

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Aug 30, 2022
Making a Difference in Airway Clearance: A SmartVest Success Story

We never tire of hearing SmartVest users share their own personal experiences of how our airway clearance system is making an impact in their quality of life. Of course, we can always share clinical studies of how our device helps reduce bronchiectasis-related exacerbations that require hospitalization, or how it helps decrease antibiotic usage and stabilize […]

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Aug 16, 2022
What Is a Bronchoscopy Procedure?

If you regularly follow our blog, then you already know there are different methods that allow your clinician to diagnose a chronic lung condition. A high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scan, for instance, is used to detect damage to the lungs and airways caused by bronchiectasis, while a regular CT scan or chest x-ray may be […]

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Jul 07, 2022
Is an Airway Clearance Vest Right for You?

Is a chronic lung condition keeping you from living life independently? High frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) is an airway clearance technique that’s typically performed using an inflatable vest and air pulse generator. HFCWO therapy with the SmartVest Airway Clearance System delivers repeated pulses of air that gently squeeze and release the upper chest wall. […]

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Jun 21, 2022
How Does Coffee Affect People with a Chronic Lung Condition?

Do you enjoy starting each morning with a hot cup of coffee? Or maybe you l like ending a long day with a bite of dark chocolate. If caffeine is a normal part of your routine, then you are one of the 80% of Americans who consume caffeine on a daily basis [1]!  In moderation, […]

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Jun 14, 2022
New Study Shows HFCWO Therapy Reduces Healthcare Resource Utilization

In an independent, retrospective cohort analysis [1], data was collected and analyzed to assess the efficacy of high frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) on Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis (NCFB) patients—before and after usage. Insurance claims data assessed key measures such as hospitalizations, treated pneumonia, and medication usage. Following the introduction of HFCWO vest therapy, the study […]

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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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Apr 19, 2022
How Did I Get Bronchiectasis?

Receiving a medical diagnosis can often feel like a double-edged sword. On the one side, you’re relieved to finally put a name to the type of symptoms you’ve been experiencing and can start the next step of finding the right treatment to manage your condition. On the other side, it’s now confirmed and can leave […]

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Apr 04, 2022
How To Clean Your SmartVest

Learn the proper way to clean and care for your SmartVest with step-by-step instructions and how-to videos. Regular cleanings of the SmartVest Airway Clearance System are important to keep the device operating and looking its best.

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Mar 22, 2022
Benefits of Airway Clearance Devices & Techniques

New to airway clearance? Living with a chronic lung condition, like bronchiectasis (brong-kee-EK-tuh-sis), makes breathing feel constricted. Though your clinician may prescribe different types of treatment to help you manage your symptoms—such as antibiotics or mucus-thinning medications [1]—airway clearance works to help treat the underlying cause of your chronic symptoms (i.e., mucus buildup).  When mucus […]

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Mar 10, 2022
How SmartVest Helps Me Manage Bronchiectasis

Living with bronchiectasis can sometimes feel like you’re putting your life on pause. Too often, chronic symptoms can interfere with our quality of life—not to mention the time we want to spend with friends, family, and pursuing our passions. The good news is, bronchiectasis doesn’t have to hold you back from experiencing life’s precious moments […]

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