On the eve of World COPD Day. The theme this year is “NEVER TOO EARLY, NEVER TOO LATE”. Dr Himanshu Garg, Pulmonologist, Delhi/NCR spoke to NDTV on how Air Pollution is damaging our lungs and leading to increasing trend of Early age COPD despite being non smokers.
Air pollution can be a menace for people suffering from asthma as well as COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. According to a report, household and outdoor air pollution has led to the death of around 7 million people around the globe. Researchers have also found that solid fuels combustion is one of the primary sources of air pollution in developing nations. Hence, to minimize the harmful effects of air pollutants people suffering from COPD should develop sufficient understanding about the quality of air and must also adopt additional measures such as wear masks and minimize their outdoor time.
Well noted by almost all of us, Oxygen forms one of the most essential components for the effective functioning of the human body. For most people with chronic lung disease and low blood oxygen, oxygen therapy at home is an easy and effective option to cope with the associated symptoms. Chronic conditions affecting the lungs, make it difficult for the patients to breathe easy and get enough oxygen from the air.
Shortness of breath is a common symptom in COPD that often leaves the ones living with the disease in a fix whether to take up exercise or not. Surprisingly, numerous studies have revealed that exercise has been found to benefit those with COPD. However, people with COPD mostly have a common question, If they can exercise or not, and here are the answers to some of these common questions. Continue reading COPD and Exercise: Good Or Bad?
Chronic lung disease is a medical term that includes long term respiratory problems. Broadly, chronic lung disease can be restrictive (do not allow the complete expansion of the lungs) or obstructive (troubled exhalation of the air from the lungs) in nature. A plethora of common reasons are responsible for the onset of the diseases that are encompassed under the umbrella of chronic lung diseases.
Around 250 lakh Indians suffer from COPD. Continue reading Obstructive Lung Disease or COPD : Here Is All That You Need To Know
What Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an intensive program that focuses on optimizing the social and physical wellbeing of the patients affected with a chronic lung disease. The program shall help the patients breathe easily, improve their quality of life and facilitate their day-to-day life.