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Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Overview of Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis
Air Quality
Exercises
Oxygen Therapy
Support Groups

Overview of Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis

Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis requires a constant awareness of your symptoms, your breathing, your surroundings, and your overall well-being. Work closely with your doctors on treatments, diet and exercise. If you require oxygen therapy, use it. It protects your heart as well as improves the quality of your life. ISN.
Living With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. National Heart Blood and Lung Institute.
Living With Lung Disease. The American Lung Association's Living With Lung Disease Wall of Lung Champions is dedicated to people who live each day with lung disease. American Lung Association.

Exercises

Exercises for People With Pulmonary Fibrosis. Certain lifestyle changes, such as exercising, can help to increase your quality of life, improve the functioning of your lungs and reduce your overall stress levels. As exercise also can make you feel short of breath, consult your doctor prior to beginning any type of exercise program to make sure the specific exercises are appropriate for your condition. LiveStrong. February, 2011.
Lung Exercises for Pulmonary Fibrosis. Breathing exercises can help you breathe better during any kind of activity, which will help as begin or continue an exercise program. LiveStrong. February, 2011.

Air Quality

If you smoke, QUIT. Avoid being around people who do smoke. Do not go to places where people do smoke.
Indoor Air Pollution Fact Sheet. American Lung Association.
Air Quality in the Home. American Lung Association.
Air Quality in the Workplace. American Lung Association.

Oxygen Therapy

Review series: Aspects of interstitial lung disease: Exercise limitation in interstitial lung disease - mechanisms, significance and therapeutic options. Supplemental oxygen acutely improves exercise capacity in interstitial lung disease and is recommended for hypoxic patients, although quality of life or survival benefits have not yet been demonstrated. Exercise training improves walking capacity and dyspnoea in short-term trials and is useful to maximize functional capacity. Anne E Holland. Chronic Respiratory Disease. January 7, 2010.

Dangers of Oxygen and Flame

Oxygen Concentrator and Oxygen Therapy Safety. Stay at least 5 feet away from heat or open flames while you are using your oxygen, that includes people who are smoking or using a gas operated stove. Oxygen Concentrator Store.

Support Groups

American Lung Association.
Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is the primary organization dedicated to finding a cure for and raising awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis, an often fatal lung disease. The Foundation is also devoted to improving the quality of life for those afflicted with this illness. Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
 
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