How many times has COPD interfered with your social life? If breathlessness prevents you from enjoying a movie or dinner invitation, maybe it's time you look into using supplemental oxygen by way of a portable oxygen concentrator. Extremely lightweight and compact, portable oxygen concentrators are much more versatile than their home-based counterparts, allowing you freedom and independence to go about your business in the usual fashion. And many are paid for by Medicare. If COPD often puts a damper in your plans, talk to your health care provider about going portable.
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