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IPV: COPD Therapy That Can Help You Breathe Easier

  • 18th December 201318/12/13
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If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), your daily therapies may be almost as much of a struggle as living with your condition. Regardless of which type of COPD you have—chronic bronchitis or emphysema—a therapy called intrapulmonary percussive ventilation (IPV) may help not only to make treatment easier, but improve your daily function.

IPV therapy entails breathing through a device which helps to clear fluid and secretions from the lungs. The device also helps you breathe deeply to increase the amount of oxygen that reaches the alveoli (cavities deep within the lungs), and flush carbon dioxide from the airways. IPV can also help you breathe more freely throughout the day, and reduce respiratory distress so you can take part in more activities.

By participating in IPV therapy, you may also have less need for supplemental oxygen, whether it be decreasing the total amount required, or the time needed on oxygen.

In a study performed by the International Journal of COPD, five patients with COPD were given computed tomography (CT) scans of their lungs, which showed pulmonary obstructions such as fluid and mucus. The patients then received a single IPV treatment, and the CT scans were repeated. The second scans showed marked clearing of mucus from the lungs, and airways that had previously been obstructed were reopened. The patients also said they felt better after the IPV treatment.

If you suffer from COPD, and are able to include IPV into your daily therapy, you may experience benefits such as being able to breathe more easily, getting more oxygen into your body, and possibly even fewer hospitalizations related to your COPD. Talk to your doctor about incorporating IPV therapy into your daily routine, and get back to the life you want to live.

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