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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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What does someones peak flow meter be if they have copd?

What does someones peak flow meter be if they have copd?

Really depends...: Peak flow is notoriously inaccurate because it is highly dependent on patient effort. That said, usually, peak flow for patients with COPD and/or asthma is lower than normal. ...Read more

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If I have asthma, do I need a peak flow meter?

If I have asthma, do I need a peak flow meter?

Treatment plan: An essential part of asthma treatment is your own involvement with your care. If you and your physician have decided you need to monitor your breathing daily, you should have one. If you don't know your plan, you can't follow it, so talk to your physician. ...Read more

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What is normal peak flow meter reading in a person without asthma ?

What is normal peak flow meter reading in a person without asthma ?

This varies/ height: Most male adults above 5'6 would average above 450,but these can vary with the meter used. ...Read more

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What to do if I have one of those small peak-flow meters but it is not helping me. I have copd. What can help me breathe better?

What to do if I have one of those small peak-flow meters but it is not helping me. I have copd. What can help me breathe better?

Bronchodilators: Peak flow meters do not help with breathing , they measure the flow of the breathing effort. To improve the flow you need to use bronchodilators which open the airways and allow the air to pass through more easily. There are many inhalers that could help and a consultation with your pulmonologist may be a good option to help with finding the right balance of therapy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have one of those small peak-flow meters but it is not helping me. What to do if I have copd. What can help me breathe better?

What to do if I have one of those small peak-flow meters but it is not helping me. What to do if I have copd. What can help me breathe better?

Treatments....: Treatments for COPD include bronchodilator inhalers and sometimes steroid inhalers. If your oxygen level is low, either at rest, with activity or while sleeping, supplemental oxygen can be prescribed. If you are still smoking, you need to quit ASAP and your doctor can help with that as well. See a lung doctor to be sure you are getting the best treatment possible, if you haven't done that already! ...Read more

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How do you properly use a peak flow meter? Tried asking my pharmacist but she wasn't very clear on instructions

How do you properly use a peak flow meter? Tried asking my pharmacist but she wasn't very clear on instructions

Try this for info: If the site i link to still leaves you uncertain - call your doctor's office for a demo. They should be happy to do that for you. Here's a good site: http://www.Uptodate.Com/contents/how-to-use-a-peak-flow-meter-beyond-the-basics again, ask your dr. If you want more. Good luck - take care of yourself. ...Read more

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Which brand of a peak flow meter would you recommend? I was thinking Phillips respironics personal best. Is this a good one?

Which brand of a peak flow meter would you recommend? I was thinking Phillips respironics personal best. Is this a good one?

Batman v Superman: Think Batman v Superman. Or Team Cap vs Team Iron Man. There is no single best peak flow meter aside from one that you can afford and are willing to use regularly to monitor asthma. Check out http://goo.gl/HKnLyW & http://goo.gl/hTcxBH for more info on peak flow meters. Of course, you could/should bring in your readings plus meter to calibrate w/office meter. Avoid allergens & take meds as directe ...Read more

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Just got a peak flow meter. I'm 39 and 5' 5" and my best reading was 430 though usually closer to 370. Does that sound like a normal result?

Just got a peak flow meter. I'm 39 and 5' 5" and my best reading was 430 though usually closer to 370.  Does that sound like a normal result?

Peak flow: According to my values based on your age, sex and height, about 620 L/min would be ideal. Keep practicing to see if you can improve your results and if not, follow up with your doctor. All the best. ...Read more

Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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