POWERbreathe at European Respiratory Society Congress 2013

Earlier in September POWERbreathe attended the 23rd Annual ERS Congress in Barcelona where 10,000 delegates with an interest in respiratory health and disease from around the world came to learn more about raising awareness of lung health and improve prevention, management and treatment of respiratory diseases.

The objective of the ERS Congress is to share knowledge and in turn to “alleviate suffering from respiratory disease” which the congress does by ensuring every aspect of respiratory research is covered; from basic research to clinical practice to intensive care.

The new edition of the ERS’s European Lung White Book was announced at the congress by Professor John Gibson who said: “We hope that this White Book will help to inform decision making about the future provision of healthcare for patients with respiratory disease and to highlight the conditions for which more facilities and resources are likely to be required, as well as areas where further research is most needed”.

Included in the White Book is a chapter on Pulmonary Rehabilitation that looks at other interventions, including respiratory muscle training which, it says, ‘increases the strength and endurance of the respiratory muscles.’ It goes on to say, ‘A recent meta-analysis showed that inspiratory muscle training improves muscle strength and endurance, functional exercise capacity, dyspnoea and HRQoL in COPD patients.’

Reflecting on what needs to be done in order to prevent the rise of respiratory diseases in the future, ERS has produced a forward-looking Roadmap outlining the necessary action.

The ERS Roadmap for Healthcare Professionals offers recommendations for the future of respiratory medicine and in Chapter 1, Prevention, explains how “most of the chronic disability and death in Europe can be accounted for by four major health determinants:

1. Tobacco
2. Physical inactivity
3. Alcohol
4. Poor diet

ERS says, “We need to develop robust and simple methods to screen for sleep breathing disorders, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic respiratory conditions as well as respiratory infections, as these will remain significant challenges at the clinical level. More effective screening would enable us to anticipate respiratory health burdens of the future.”

“Research and innovation are crucial to our understanding, optimal management and future treatment of respiratory disease.”

And this is why every year POWERbreathe attends the ERS Annual Congress: to be a part of a team with the same objective, of helping to make a difference to those people with respiratory conditions by improving their quality of life, and for us it’s through respiratory muscle training with POWERbreathe.

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.

Lower Vitamin D Levels Associated with Twice the Risk of Respiratory Disease

A recent study has found that older adults deficient in vitamin D were twice as likely to report a respiratory disease as those with the highest levels.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society using data from the 2005 Health Survey of England and found that those with severely deficient vitamin D levels, less than 35 nmol/L, had more than twice the risk of respiratory disease when compared to those in the highest vitamin D quartile, greater than 64 nmol/L, after adjustments for covariates. The study concluded: low serum 25(OH)D concentrations are associated with respiratory disease. Ensuring adequate 25(OH)D levels is of public health importance for older populations living in northern latitudes and may be an effective way to prevent concurrent respiratory infections and related complications in older people.

There are biologically plausible reasons why serum 25(OH)D may be associated with respiratory health, the study’s author Dr. Hirani reports, as inadequate vitamin D concentrations can impair the response to respiratory virus infection in the lungs.

This is not the first study to report an association between lower vitamin D levels and a higher risk of respiratory disease. A study published in 2010 by researchers from Yale University found that people who had vitamin D levels greater than 95 nmol/L (38 ng/ml) were associated with lower risk of developing acute respiratory tract infections.

You can read more about Vitamin D on the NHS Choices website.

If you have a respiratory problem and find that you are breathless, then read about how Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) could help with your asthma, COPD and other medical conditions that present with breathing problems, or if you’re already using POWERbreathe to help with your breathlessness, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum as we’d love to hear from you. You can also read more from people who’ve used POWERbreathe for their breathing problems in our blog.