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For those living with COPD, oxygen therapy may make life more comfortable

(November 1, 2018) - CHEYENNE, Wyo.

For more information please contact:

Holly Harvey
[email protected]
(206) 512-3292

More than 30,000 people in Wyoming live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that makes breathing difficult. In many cases, COPD can be prevented and can be treated. COPD-related deaths have been steadily on the rise in Wyoming for nearly 20 years.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reports that COPD-related deaths have risen more than 25 percent in Wyoming since the 1990s.  The most recent data show women averaging 177 COPD deaths per year and men averaging 172 deaths per year, compared to 143 COPD deaths in men and 112 deaths in women per year from 1990 to 1999 according to the WDH.

During COPD Awareness Month, the American Lung Association is highlighting the struggle that people with COPD face and the value of supplemental oxygen, or oxygen therapy, as treatment option. Lack of sufficient oxygen can cause fatigue, and make simple tasks a struggle. Oxygen therapy helps circulate more oxygen into the bloodstream, helping patients breathe easier and stay more active. While there is no cure for COPD, there are treatment options that can drastically improve quality of life.

Several devices can deliver oxygen at home, and oxygen equipment can also attach to other medical equipment such as CPAP machines and ventilators.  If you or someone you know is living with COPD, keep these tips in mind for oxygen therapy.  

  • Safety. While oxygen therapy is safe it does contribute to flammability as materials in oxygen-enriched environments burn more readily. Proper storage, along with avoiding aerosols, heat and flames will help keep you safe.
  • Travel. With supplemental oxygen you are able to travel whether it be by car, train, plane or boat. Make sure to connect with your mode of transportation prior to departure to learn their policies and procedures for carrying oxygen. You’ll also want to make sure you’re able to access additional oxygen once you reach your destination.
  • Support. If you have additional questions you can contact registered nurses, respiratory therapists and counselors on the Lung Association’s Lung HelpLine available at 1-800-LUNGUSA or through chat at

For questions about oxygen therapy or managing COPD, visit the American Lung Association website at or call the free Lung HelpLine 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872).



About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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