The goal of emphysema treatment is to slow the progression of the disease and improve quality of life. The treatment of emphysema includes smoking cessation, medications, oxygen, fluid management, pulmonary rehabilitation and lung surgery.
10 Tips to Help You Quit Smoking
Smoking is the most common type of chemical dependency in the United States. If you are serious about becoming a person who has finally quit smoking, these 10 quit smoking tips may help. Kick the habit -- for good.
More Tips on Quitting Smoking From A.D.A.M.
Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of emphysema. Commit to quit now by following these helpful tips on quitting smoking.
List of Common COPD Medications
If you are a COPD patient, or a caregiver to someone who has COPD, learning all you can about common COPD medications is essential to COPD management. Learn more about common COPD medications that you will likely see prescribed to the COPD patient.
COPD Inhalers and Medications
COPD, inhalers and medications, in many ways, go hand-in-hand. Learning everything you can about them is essential. Learn more with this comprehensive guide to COPD inhalers and medications.
List of Common COPD Inhalers
COPD inhalers are commonplace in the treatment of COPD. But, understanding which-is-which and what-does-what, can sometimes be confusing. Learn more about the types of COPD inhalers and what they do for your lungs.
A Closer Look at Bronchodilators as Treatment for COPD
Bronchodilators are medications used to treat COPD and other lung disorders which relax the airways of the lungs making it easier to breathe. Three classes of bronchodilators are commonly used in treatment of COPD: B-agonists, anticholinergics and methylxanthines.
Overview of Glucocorticoids in Treatment of COPD
Glucocorticoids, or steroids and not indicated for stable COPD due to their multiple side effects but are useful during episodes of acute exacerbation of COPD and are used more often during these times.
Heliox Therapy for COPD
Heliox is a combination of two gases, helium and oxygen. Find out how this "lighter than air" combination creates the perfect therapeutic marriage in an effort to help patients with COPD breathe better.
Surgical Intervention for COPD
There are three types of surgery for COPD that can help patients breathe better and live a more productive life. Find out more about surgical interventions used to treat COPD and if you may be a good candidate.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is becoming widely recognized as an essential part of a COPD treatment plan. Pulmonary rehabilitation uses a multidisciplinary approach that covers all aspects of COPD management, including education, exercise, relaxation, breathing techniques, nutritional advice, emotional support and the development of coping skills.
Facts About Oxygen Therapy
There are many benefits to oxygen therapy, especially if you have COPD or other chronic diseases. Learn the benefits of supplemental oxygen and why oxygen safety tips are important.