Treatment for COPD: Breathing exercises | home remedies for COPD, by Dr. Preeti Sharma

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Dr. Preeti Sharma
Pulmonology

Treatment for COPD: Breathing exercises | home remedies for COPD, by Dr. Preeti Sharma 

In this video, SimpliHealth expert and consultant pulmonologist at Apollo Clinics, Chandigarh, Dr. Preeti Sharma is talking abut the treatment of COPD with breathing exercises. She also explains the home remedies for COPD while answering questions like: 

  • Why is exercise important for COPD patients? 
  • What are other comorbidities or chronic conditions that are associated with COPD and could be dangerous? 
  • What type of natural remedy should we use for COPD? 
  • Why does exercise play a significant role in COPD patients? 

Since they have difficulty breathing. This is why they prefer to rest more, and then they are stuck in this vicious cycle. So they need to develop an exercise regime so that there will be more minor episodes of dyspnea or shortness of breath, and they will be able to break this vicious cycle. 

Regular exercise

In addition, exercise will help in building muscle strength and endurance. We usually give this pulmonary rehabilitation program for 6- 10weeks. A pulmonary rehabilitation program helps build muscle and bone strength, and there is improvement in the breathing activity, and they feel better. So by the pulmonary rehabilitation program, we can give a better quality of life to COPD patients. It can reduce their anxiety and depression levels to an extent. 

Risk of autoimmune diseases  

Since COPD is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with comorbid situations like cardiovascular or heart disease. Due to common smoking factors, these patients are more prone to heart attacks. So cardiovascular and COPD diseases are very commonly associated with each other. Other problems like a rise in blood pressure and diabetes are widespread in COPD patients. 

Risk of diseases related to bones 

COPD patients are more prone to osteoporotic bones, weakening skeletal muscles, or suffering from depression and anxiety. The most important thing is that COPD patients are at high risk of lung cancer, in which smoking is a common factor. So it is essential to diagnose their comorbid conditions simultaneously. 

Diagnosis of COPD 

So when any COPD patients come to OPD, we examine every organ by doing ECG, X-ray, bone densitometry, and we plan their strength training exercise because it is associated with comorbid conditions to treat them simultaneously. In addition, heart failure is widespread in COPD patients. We see peripheral edema in these patients, and we treat them accordingly.

 Home Remedies for COPD  

Breathing exercises 

As we discussed, it is very important to develop a program for breathing exercises in which purse lip and belly breathing are included. Apart from this, one must have an exercise schedule which they must follow for 30 minutes daily. 

Healthy diet and lifestyle 

In addition, COPD patients must consume lots of water and a healthy diet in which there must be the right amount of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and minerals. It is essential to have a healthy lifestyle and follow an immunization schedule accordingly. 

If we keep all these things in mind, we can stabilize our COPD disease so that it doesn’t turn into any flare-ups. A high risk of mortality and morbidity is associated with the hospitalization of COPD patients. COPD has now become the third leading cause of death in the world.

Bottom line  

So it’s important to diagnose COPD, identify lung irritant factors, quit smoking, or avoid exposure to certain chemicals that irritate the lungs. We can either save or keep COPD in control by following the above procedures. So keep all these things in mind, and we must consult your specialist.

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