About Respiratory Disease

A few facts and figures relating to respiratory disease which helps us understand what respiratory disease is, and how common it is too.

What is Respiratory Disease?

‘Respiratory Disease’ is the term for diseases of the respiratory system. These diseases include those of the lung, pleural cavity, bronchial tubes, trachea, upper respiratory tract and of the nerves and muscles used in breathing.

Respiratory diseases range from mild and self-limiting diseases such as the common cold, to life-threatening diseases such as bacterial pneumonia or pulmonary embolism.

Respiratory Diseases are a common and important cause of illness and death.

• One in seven people in the UK are affected by some form of chronic lung disease, including most commonly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.
• In the US, people suffer 1 billion colds per year.
• Respiratory disease is responsible for over 10% of hospitalizations and over 16% of deaths in Canada.

The study of respiratory disease is known as pulmonology.

A doctor who specializes in respiratory disease is known as a pulmonologist, a chest medicine specialist, a respiratory medicine specialist, a respirologist or a thoracic medicine specialist.

Did you now that Inspiratory Muscle Training with POWERbreathe can help improve breathing muscle strength and stamina in people with respiratory disease, such as COPD and asthma:

• Reduced breathlessness & restored breathing power
• Increased inspiratory muscle strength by up to 45%
• Improved quality of life in people with major debilitating conditions
• Enhanced exercise tolerance in people with major debilitating conditions
• Reduced consumption of medication of up to 79% in asthma patients
• Reduced ß2-agonists consumption by up to 79% in patients with asthma
• Showed an improvement in asthma symptoms by up to 75% in 3 weeks
• Improvements in inspiratory muscle strength of 55% in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Improvements in endurance of 86% in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Improvements in quality of life by 21% in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Improvements in dyspnoea by 36% in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Read more about how inspiratory muscle training with POWERbreathe could help relieve your asthma symptoms, symptoms of COPD and other medical conditions where dyspnoea may be present or there is a decline in respiratory function.

If however you’re already using POWERbreathe, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum as we’d love to hear from you. You can also read more about POWERbreathe and Inspiratory Muscle Training in our Breathing Problems blog category.

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