Resources

American Lung Association Lung HelpLine: Call the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-548-8252) to speak to someone directly, or submit a question online.  We're here to answer your lung health questions.

It's our mission to provide detailed and accurate answers to your questions about:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • COPD
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Environmental Health

The Call Center is staffed by Registered Nurses and Registered Respiratory Therapists. The Call Center staff have extensive experience in the healthcare industry. Areas of expertise include: Education, Smoking Cessation, Respiratory Therapy, Lung Disease, Nursing, Physician Referral, Respiratory Home Care, Neonatal, Pediatric, and Adult Intensive Care, Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, Medication Counseling, Patient Advocacy, Health Care Insurance, and Nursing Case Management.

 

American Lung Association in Colorado

  • Up to date information on COPD in Colorado

 

My Fighting for Air Community

  • A private, web-based caregiving coordination service that allows family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to create a community to assist a family caregiver with the daily tasks that become a challenge during times of medical crisis, caregiver exhaustion, or when caring for an elderly parent.

National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Government Agencies

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

  • Information available facts about COPD and surveillance information. Both are downloadable from the CDC website.

The NHLBI Senior Health Information Page

  • Information for seniors on COPD - causes and prevention and treatment options.

Alpha-1 Association

  • The Alpha-1 Association is a member-based nonprofit organization founded in 1991 to identify those affected by Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) and to improve the quality of their lives through support, education, advocacy, and research.

Alpha-1 Foundation

  • Dedicated to providing the leadership and resources that will result in increased research, improved health, worldwide detection and a cure for Alpha-1.

National American Lung Association's COPD Page

  • COPD Center page on advocacy initiatives and information on COPD diagnosis and treatment.

Breathing Better, Living Well

  • A support source for COPD and other chronic lung diseases.

COPD Advocate

  • A COPD patient's guide to living with COPD.

COPD-ALERT 

  • An Internet-based support and advocacy group for COPD patients, caregivers, and medical professionals.

COPD Caregivers Community

  • An internet-based forum for caregivers.

COPD Digest

  • A free magazine on COPD available in print or online. Includes up-to-date information on research, latest therapies, legislative issues, and other useful information for individuals with COPD.

COPD Foundation

  • The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by COPD.

COPD International

  • An internet-based forum for people with COPD to discuss oxygen equipment, treatment and support.

Emphysema Foundation for Our Right to Survive (EFFORTS)

  • A very active national e-mail community of people with emphysema and other lung diseases.

Everything Respiratory Magazine

  • Respiratory magazine devoted to all respiratory patients.

The National Emphysema Foundation

  • The National Emphysema Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life of patients with emphysema, asthma or related lung diseases with information and education for families. The National Emphysema Foundation supports research and works with many advisors who are involved in direct patient care.

Healthy Resources

  • Dedicated to empowering people with chronic conditions Including COPD and sleep apnea.

The National Home Oxygen Patients Association (NHOPA)

  • The National Home Oxygen Patients Association was established in the late 1990's to give supplementary oxygen users in the United States the information necessary to lead productive lives.

National Emphysema and COPD Association (NECA)

  • NECA's mission is to empower people with COPD, their families and caregivers to improve the quality of patient Care and the quality of their lives.

Portable Oxygen

  • Pete Wilson's site focuses on portable oxygen equipment use and brings together information collected from those who make, distribute, service, and use the equipment.

Pulmonology Channel

  • Provides comprehensive information about conditions that affect the lungs and breathing, such as asthma, lung cancer, COPD, and sleep apnea.

The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation (PERF)

  • The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation's mission is to provide help for patients with chronic respiratory disease through education and research.

Pulmonary Fibrosis

  • Introducing an exciting new project called the Participation Program for Pulmonary Fibrosis or P₃F. The P₃F is a program that gives power to people affected by pulmonary fibrosis (PF): power to not only participate in but to shape PF research.  The face of the P₃F program is its website (www.PFresearch.org). Here, PF patients and their primary supporters/caregivers can find information about a HIPAA-compliant Contact Registry; participate in interactive forums; access a blog written by the P₃F Team, and learn about opportunities for and the progress of ongoing research projects. We want to hear from you, the patient (or caregiver), because you are the experts here: you know better than anyone else what it’s like to live with pulmonary fibrosis. Join now and, whether you live next door to, or hundreds of miles away from, a medical center with expertise in PF, you can partner with other P₃F members to forge a new path to discovery for this disease.  Please check out our website and feel free to contact the P₃F staff with any questions or concerns.

Pulmonary Paper

  • Pulmonary Paper is a way for people to support each other and keep up on the latest news in respiratory care treatments and products.

The USCOPD Coalition

  • The U.S. COPD Coalition brings together health professional organizations, patient organizations and foundations, individuals, and government agencies working to improve the lives of people with COPD.

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Articles
A recent edition of COPD Digest offers nutrition and healthy eating tips for individuals with COPD. For those with COPD, a healthy diet and weight can improve breathlessness, increase energy and make you feel better. Their tips include:

  • Drink lots of fluids, preferably water.
  • Reduce salt intake.
  • Increase fresh foods and reduce chemicals and food additives.
  • Avoid overeating.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. 

Click here to read the full article!