Carolyn's Collection

The Heart / Lung Connection
part two
Now I hope that none of us are overly alarmed because we might develop
CHF (Congestive Heart Failure)...Don't know what the odds are but we also may not develop CHF ..... Having COPD does not automatically mean that we will.. Just as COPD does not include a lot of diseases of the lung that one can develop, CHF is not the only disease of the heart...
when you hear about things such as Pulmonary Edema or Pulmonary Hypertension, Pulmonary Embolism or Bronchiecstasis and even Pneumonia among others.....
they are diseases of the lung ....
separate and apart from COPD........
just as Stroke and Heart Attack among others are heart problems separate and apart from CHF

We want to keep the oxygen levels in our blood (SATS) at a safe level and keep our heart rates at a fairly level rate so that we do not overwork our heart muscles......

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We can do this by keeping our bodies in as good a shape as possible with our disease....
(a doctor approved exercise program)......

>by learning to breathe properly and learning to control our respirations rates..(Pursed Lip Breathing)....

>by proper diet and nutrition habits.....
>by not smoking.......
>by quitting all but very moderate alchohol consumption...

>by the proper use of medications prescribed by the doctors..and using our supplemental oxygen as prescribed....

>by pacing ourselves in the activities that we do and learning easier ways of doing things than the way we may have done them before we had COPD....

and we can pick up and practice other tips as we learn more and more about coping with our disease.....

Things that we should avoid....

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the common triggers that will set off episodes of SOB (shortness of breath), which include but are not limited to odors and scents, heat or cold, high humidity, pollens, mold, pet dander, anxiety, depression, stress, reactions to some of our medications, lack of air movement around us and passages of weather fronts through our areas...
>plus bunches of other triggers that may affect some of us but not others.....
(keeping a log book and writing down these triggers when we discover them so that we can show it to our doctors is always a good idea)

Fortunately, the things we should do and the things we should avoid to help us cope with our COPD are also things we should do and things we should avoid for the most part to help keep us from developing CHF...
As we learn more and more about our disease we realize how much more
informed we are than those who had to cope with this disease 15 or 20 years ago...
and also how much more there is to learn......

So don't be afraid to ask questions and take advantage of the support services at the COPD- Support Inc, Family of Support Programs
....Lots of great oppurtunities to help you get your questions answered.....

  Summary material based on my opinion and interpretations of the
  referrence material cited in Part 1...All of the usual disclaimers
  apply.

  Breathe easy and for a long time
  Don Martin(at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri)