Over two decades ago, the Nocturnal Oxygen Therapy Trial Group performed a 19-month study that showed that patients who were on long-term, continuous oxygen therapy showed a significant decrease in mortality rates than those who used oxygen only at night.
Oxygen therapy not only increases survival rates in patients with COPD, but it may help alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life. Remember, oxygen is a drug and must be prescribed by a physician.
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For those with COPD, recent data indicates that flu shots not only reduce the number of hospitalizations and doctor's visits for a patient with COPD, but decreases overall mortality and morbidity rates. Be sure to see your doctor for more information if you have, or at risk for developing, COPD.
Pneumococcal pneumonia is a lung disease caused by a bacteria known as Streptococcus pneumoniae. A serious, often life-threatening illness, pneumococcal pneumonia kills approximately 1 out of every 20 people who are afflicted with it.
People with COPD are at greater risk for developing pneumococcal pneumonia as are those with other chronic health conditions. It is strongly recommend that you discuss getting vaccinated with your health care provider if you have a chronic health condition like COPD.
There are three types of surgery that may be an option for those with end-stage emphysema that is not amenable to treatment and who meet specific requirements. These include bullectomy, lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplantation. Are you a candidate for lung surgery? Find out more about surgical intervention for COPD.
It is not uncommon for your doctor to use a combination of methods in the management of your disease. Your progress will be based on how well you respond to the treatment methods that he or she has imposed. Your doctor will monitor your prescribed treatment closely to see if, and when, adjustments need to be made. If you have questions concerning your treatment for COPD, be sure to ask your doctor.
Read more about COPD treatment across the stages:
- Treatment for Stage I, Mild COPD
- Treatment for Stage II, Moderate COPD
- Treatment for Stage III, Severe COPD
- Treatment for Stage IV, Very Severe COPD
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