Treat And Manage Your COPD

Oxygen therapy can reduce your COPD symptoms and increase your quality of life.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) management focuses on education and increasing the quality of life for people who are living with respiratory disease.

How to Treat and Manage Your COPD

COPD treatment, which may include oxygen therapy, will help reduce symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. COPD management is aimed at increasing independence, mobility and quality of life for those living with the disease.

There are many different ways to treat and manage COPD. Your VitalAire clinical team and your healthcare provider will work together to create a comprehensive care plan that’s right for you and your lifestyle. This may include:

  • Home oxygen therapy

  • Physical activity and exercise programs

  • Flu and pneumococcal vaccinations

  • Respiratory Rehabilitation

  • Smoking cessation programs

  • Humidified high flow therapy

  • Bronchodilators (inhalers)

COPD Treatment With Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen is essential for life and critical to your health and wellbeing. If you have COPD or any other respiratory-related illness, it can affect the amount of oxygen your body absorbs. A decrease in oxygen may lead to damage of your body's major organs, including your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles. As your condition worsens, it may become increasingly more difficult to enjoy simple daily activities.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe oxygen therapy as part of your treatment plan to help you manage your disease. Long-term oxygen therapy treatment (LTOT) can help regulate and maintain normal blood oxygen levels by administering oxygen-enriched air from pure oxygen sources.

VitalAire offers a wide range of oxygen therapy products that support mobility and increased quality of life for people who are living with respiratory disease:

  • Stationary and portable oxygen concentrators
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Homefill concentrators
  • Liquid oxygen tanks
Did you know? Studies show that COPD patients who use oxygen therapy at home, for at least 15 hours per day, experienced a longer life span.

Benefits of Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy increases the oxygen in your blood and can also offer:

  • Prolonged life
  • Greater ability to move around and maintain a social life
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased quality of life
  • Improved heart function

Improving Quality of Life With COPD Management

Symptoms like coughing, weezing, and low energy levels can have a significant impact on your quality of life. With long term oxygen therapy (LTOT), you can increase the level of oxygen in your blood and improve your quality of life. If used as prescribed, Oxygen therapy can help you:

  • Do simple tasks like make your bed, dress, clean, climb stairs, take a shower and shop
  • Do what you love to do - travel, spend time with your family, or pursue a hobby
  • Gain more energy
  • Feel better during symptom flare ups
  • Exercise (with the support of your doctor), or go out
  • Regain your appetite and gain weight
  • Prevent memory problems
  • Improve concentration and mood swings
  • Sleep better so you feel less tired during the day
  • Increase walking distance
  • Stay more active and less breathless with exertion
  • Develop autonomy

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References

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. Global Strategy for the diagnosis management and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mis à jour in 2017; disponible sur http://goldcopd.org/gold-2017-global-strategy-diagnosis-management-prev
ERS. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in: European lung white book. Available on
WHO. Bronchopneumopathie chronic obstructive (BPCO). Aide mémoire N°315, October 2014. Available on www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs315/fr/ ; see 11/05/2014.

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