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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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COPD is short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In COPD, less air flows in and out of your lungs. This brochure describes two conditions that can reduce airflow in COPD.

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It's not always easy for healthcare providers to know when patients have COPD. Patients may show no signs or only very mild signs of the disease. This brochure lists some of the most common symptoms of COPD.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), caused by chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a condition that limits the lungs' ability to function properly. This video outlines the differences between normal and damaged lung anatomy and discusses the causes, symptoms, and treatments for COPD.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is the gradual loss of your ability to breathe effectively. Normally, as you inhale, air moves freely through your trachea, or windpipe, then through large tubes called bronchi, smaller tubes called bronchioles, and finally into tiny sacs called alveoli.

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The number of people with COPD is increasing. More than 12 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD and an additional 12 million are likely to have the disease but don't know it. Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; US Department of Health and Human Services.

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COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. The number of people with COPD is increasing. Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; US Department of Health and Human Services.

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Smoking causes damage to the airways of the lungs. This video provides an overview of how the lungs work and the effects smoking can have on their bronchioles and alveoli, leading over time to chronic bronchitis and emphysema, collectively known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Smoking causes damage to the airways of the lungs. This brochure provides an overview of how the lungs work and the effects of smoking can lead over time to chronic bronchitis and emphysema, collectively known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Finding out you have COPD 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 COPD symptoms.

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There is no cure for COPD. But the good news is that there are medicines that can reduce your symptoms, reduce the number and severity of exacerbations, and improve your ability to exercise. This brochure outlines the different medications your healthcare provider may prescribe to you.

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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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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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Living with COPD may not be easy, but it's not impossible either. This brochure offers some everyday solutions to make your chores easier to do and enjoy some of the things you like to do again.

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Know what to look for to recognize the signs of COPD in your loved one. Shortness of breath, wheezing or chronic cough could all be symptoms of COPD, a serious but treatable lung disease. Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; US Department of Health and Human Services.

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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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