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Is there an optimal pattern of breathing when you have obstructive airway disease?

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Dr. Frank Mayo
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Pursed lip breathing

Pts with COPD who practice pursed lip breathing keep their airways open a little longer allowing more air into the lung.
Most COPD pts learn this technique early on in their disease course.

In brief: Pursed lip breathing

Pts with COPD who practice pursed lip breathing keep their airways open a little longer allowing more air into the lung.
Most COPD pts learn this technique early on in their disease course.
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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry

In brief: Yes

An 'optimal pattern' is regularly spaced inhalation and exhalation, whether awake or asleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea tends to cause 'crescendo' breathing, ofter accompanies by periods of apnea ('no breath'). Consult with your physician to see if a sleep study might be indicated. If so, you might get relief simply by using an oral appliance, or may need a CPAP machine to help you.

In brief: Yes

An 'optimal pattern' is regularly spaced inhalation and exhalation, whether awake or asleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea tends to cause 'crescendo' breathing, ofter accompanies by periods of apnea ('no breath'). Consult with your physician to see if a sleep study might be indicated. If so, you might get relief simply by using an oral appliance, or may need a CPAP machine to help you.
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Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Not likely

I'm not totally sure what you mean, but obstructive airway disease is by definition not an optimal pattern of breathing.
If you mean whether there are ways to sleep or position yourself, then some people have improved symptoms sleeping on their sides. However, if you have a sleep study showing obstructive sleep apnea, treatment is indicated.Slee.

In brief: Not likely

I'm not totally sure what you mean, but obstructive airway disease is by definition not an optimal pattern of breathing.
If you mean whether there are ways to sleep or position yourself, then some people have improved symptoms sleeping on their sides. However, if you have a sleep study showing obstructive sleep apnea, treatment is indicated.Slee.
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