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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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To better understand chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, we should first explore the respiratory system and the breathing process in normal, healthy lungs. This brochure describes the elements of the respiratory system and how they function.

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Diagnosing asthma is not simply a matter of determining whether a patient has trouble breathing. He or she could have symptoms of asthma without actually having asthma. This brochure describes some lung function tests used to diagnose asthma and severe asthma.

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Spirometry is a pulmonary function test that measures the volume and flow of air that a patient can inhale and exhale. This video describes the volume-time and flow-volume curves that a spirometer records and introduces specifics of obstructive and restrictive breathing patterns.

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Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that results in the narrowing of the airways in the lungs. Severe asthma is asthma that is uncontrolled despite high-intensity treatment. This brochure provides information describing asthma and severe asthma, including asthma symptoms and triggers.

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Smoking is an addiction, both mentally and physically. Fortunately, there are several tools that can help make stopping smoking a reality. This brochure offers suggestions to help patients quit smoking.

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Patients need to take an active role in controlling their asthma. 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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Delivery systems for COPD, asthma, and severe asthma medication take many different forms. There are multiple types of inhalation devices, in addition to drugs that are 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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Having asthma means adjusting lifestyles. As a healthcare professional, it's good to know that there are things you can do to help alleviate your patients' suffering. This brochure provides some suggestions for simple lifestyle adaptations that may help your asthma patients improve their everyday life.

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