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Breathing Exercises for COPD

COPD, chronic lung disease, is a progressive disease where inflammation in the lungs damage lung tissue and traps air in the lungs. As the disease progresses, the lungs exhale less air for each breath inhaled causing the lungs to over-inflate and shortness of breath develops.

Living with COPD makes you feel like you are always trying to catch your breath. There are two exercises you can do to help you breathe easier.

First, practicing deep-breathing using the “Belly Breathing” exercise (or diaphragmatic breathing). And, when you are experiencing shortness of breath, perform the “Pursed Lip” breathing technique to relax your airways and resume a normal breath.

Watch the demonstration videos below to learn the proper way to do these breathing techniques:


Hypertension

High blood pressure is often called the silent killer. You might not have symptoms, but it’s a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Monitoring your own blood pressure at home can help you keep your blood pressure under control.

Hypertension increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. The good news is that there are steps you can take every day to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range.

What is Normal Blood Pressure?

A blood pressure reading has a top number (systolic) and bottom number (diastolic). Normal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80 (120/80). People whose blood pressure is above the normal range should ask their doctor how to lower it.

What are the symptoms when your blood pressure is high?

A few people with high blood pressure may have headaches, shortness of breath or nosebleeds, but these signs and symptoms aren’t specific and usually don’t occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe or life-threatening stage.

What is dangerously high blood pressure?

A hypertensive crisis is a severe increase in blood pressure that can lead to a stroke. Extremely high blood pressure — a top number (systolic pressure) of 180 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or higher or a bottom number (diastolic pressure) of 120 mm Hg or higher — can damage blood vessels.

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