Health and Fitness
May 24, 2022
Avoiding Fatigue and Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath and fatigue are two of the more common symptoms experienced by patients with lung disease. These symptoms can affect daily activities like cooking, getting dressed and bathing. Jen Schroeder, an occupational therapist based in Minnesota, offers this advice:
1. Plan your day: prioritize which activities you need to do and when you need to do them.
2. Allow enough time for rest breaks during and after an activity.
3. Leave yourself enough time: rushing through activities will use more energy, which may cause shortness of breath and fatigue.
Tip: Recognize when you are overdoing it by "listening" to your body and monitoring your breathing.
Talk to your healthcare provider about programs and resources in the community or how pulmonary rehabilitation can help.
Managing Activities of Daily Living with Lung Disease (On-Demand Webcast)
“I’m Tired, Too!” (Each Breath blog)
How Healthy Is the Air You Breathe?
The American Lung Association's annual "State of the Air" report has just been released. Check out:
Did you know? More than 40% of Americans are living in places with unhealthy air. See all the report's key findings.
- “Zeroing in on Healthy Air” explains how a nationwide transition to zero-emission vehicles and electricity can save a staggering 110,000 lives and provide $1.2 trillion in public health benefits over the next 30 years.
- Webinar: State of the Air and Protecting Yourself from Unhealthy Air Quality, on Wednesday, June 1, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CT
Three Things to Know About Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS)
1. If you are being treated for obstructive sleep apnea and still falling asleep when you shouldn’t during the day, your provider might consider EDS.
2. EDS can have a huge impact on your life, your relationships and even put you in danger of injury.
3. Speak with your healthcare provider about lingering symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and learn more about EDS in our latest Each Breath blog.
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Three Things to Know About Pneumococcal Pneumonia:
- It is a potentially serious lung disease that can disrupt your life for weeks, and in severe cases put you in the hospital and be life threatening.
- The risk of pneumococcal pneumonia increases for adults aged 19-64 with certain underlying medical conditions such as chronic lung disease, and for all adults aged 65 or older.
- Speak with your healthcare provider about vaccination, which is the best way to help protect against pneumococcal pneumonia.
The American Lung Association is partnering with Pfizer to share important facts about pneumococcal pneumonia. You can learn more at www.Lung.org/pneumococcal.