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Health Journey Support | Respiratory Health Series

Managing certain health conditions can be a lifelong journey, and for some it can impact almost all aspects of daily life. But with support and a better understanding of the challenges people often face, the journey may become a little easier. Health Journey Support offers reliable, easy-to-access health information on respiratory and heart conditions, diabetes, certain types of cancer, and kidney diseases. Educational tools include videos, shareable resources, and apps covering key milestones throughout the health journey. Browse, share, and be sure to keep coming back for more!

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Overview

Swollen or damaged airways can make it difficult to breathe. When these conditions are progressive, understanding the symptoms and treatment options is important.

The Respiratory Health Series offers easy-to-access health information on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma. Browse through this section for videos and resources that may help with your journey toward better health. Topics include understanding your diagnosis, treatment options, and lifestyle changes that may help manage respiratory health conditions. If you have any questions about your condition, talk to your healthcare provider.

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Your lungs are part of what is called the respiratory system, a group of organs and tissues that work together to help you breathe. This brochure explains the parts of the respiratory system and how they function.

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Spirometry is a test used to determine how well your lungs are working by measuring how fast and how much air you can breathe in and out. This video describes the steps of a spirometry test.

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Spirometry is a test of how well your lungs are working by measuring how fast and how much air you can breathe in and out. This brochure describes the steps of a spirometry test.

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Peak flow meters are devices used to measure how well air is moving through your lungs. This brochure presents some general steps for how to use a peak flow meter.

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Asthma is a lung condition in which the airways are narrowed and inflamed. Certain outdoor and indoor substances, foods, infections, and exercise can trigger an asthma attack. This video depicts the symptoms of asthma and common medications used to treat the condition.

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Asthma is a lung condition in which the airways are narrowed and inflamed. Certain outdoor and indoor substances, foods, infections, and exercise can trigger an asthma attack. This brochure depicts the symptoms of asthma and common medications used to treat the condition.

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Asthma is a long-term disease that causes inflammation in the airways. Severe asthma is asthma that is difficult to control, even with medication. This brochure provides information describing asthma and severe asthma, including asthma symptoms and triggers.

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You may have trouble breathing without having asthma. This brochure describes some lung function tests your doctor may use to test for asthma and severe asthma.

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Long-term maintenance medications for asthma are prescribed to help control the inflammation and bronchoconstriction that causes asthma symptoms. This brochure describes the signs of uncontrolled asthma and explains why it is important to get your asthma under control.

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People with asthma have highly sensitive airways that can become inflamed and narrowed when they breathe in certain substances. This brochure describes the symptoms of an asthma attack and what can trigger them.

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Finding out you have asthma may make you feel overwhelmed and you might find it hard to remember what your healthcare provider says or understand his or her instructions. This brochure provides questions you may want to ask about your asthma symptoms.

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If you have asthma, you need to take an active role in controlling it. This brochure discusses the steps to making an asthma action plan, and some of the medications used to control asthma symptoms.

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People who have lung conditions, like asthma or COPD, often take their medications using a hand-held device called a metered-dose inhaler, or MDI. This video will show you the general steps for using an inhaler correctly.

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People who have lung conditions, like asthma or COPD, often take their medications using a hand-held device called a metered-dose inhaler, or MDI. This brochure will show you the general steps for using an inhaler correctly.

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People who have lung conditions, like asthma or COPD, often take their medications using a hand-held device called a metered-dose inhaler, or MDI, with a spacer. This video will show you the general steps for using an inhaler correctly with a spacer.

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People who have lung conditions, like asthma or COPD, often take their medications using a hand-held device called a metered-dose inhaler, or MDI, with a spacer. This brochure will show you the general steps for using an inhaler correctly with a spacer.

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There are different ways to take medicine for COPD and asthma. These can be multiple types of inhalation devices, in addition to medicine that is delivered orally or by injection. This brochure provides a review of some of the common types of medicine delivery systems used to manage COPD and asthma.

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Asthma triggers are things in the indoor and outdoor environment that can make your asthma worse. This brochure describes common asthma triggers and what you can do to help control them.

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This video explains how a pulmonary rehabilitation program can help you live better with lung disease.

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This brochure explains how a pulmonary rehabilitation program can help you live better with lung disease.

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Having asthma changes how people live. Not being able to breathe means you cannot do some of the things you used to take for granted every day. This brochure provides some things you can do to help make your chores easier to do and enjoy some of the things you like to do again.

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Healthy changes in the body begin 20 minutes after smoking that last cigarette, and continue to improve the longer you stop smoking. Sources: MedlinePlus, A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; American Cancer Society, Inc.; World Health Organization, Tobacco Free Initiative.

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If you started smoking as a child or teenager, it can slow down how your lungs grow. It can also put you more at risk for getting COPD as you get older. Tobacco smoke is unhealthy for everyone, especially for people with asthma. This brochure provides some helpful ways to quit smoking.

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Dealing with a COPD or asthma diagnosis isn't easy. But you don't have to go through it alone. This brochure lists a number of websites that offer information and other support.

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COPD and asthma are both serious chronic diseases and caring for someone with these diseases can, over time, start to make you feel burnt out. This brochure lists some suggestions on how caregivers can take care of themselves to maintain a sense of well-being.

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