The Top10 Things You Should Do If You Test Positive For Alpha1

  • Have A List Of Questions When You See a Doctor About Your Alpha1(If you try to remember the questions you want to ask you may forget half of them)
  • Learn To Breathe Effectively
  • Limit Or Eliminate Your Alcohol Consumption
  • Don't Be Afraid To Be Proactive About Your Alpha1
  • Get Plenty Of Rest(You will likely have a higher oxygenation level)
  • Avoid Sick People(You have a lower immune system than most people)
  • Drink Plenty Of Water
  • Eat Healthy/Avoid Processed Food(Carbonated beverages)
  • Start A Careful Exercise Program/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program(Your muscles will become more efficient so they won't use as much oxygen and if you have surgery you will likely recover quicker as well)
  • Stop Smoking

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

FAQ: Pulmonary Rehabilitation

If you have an FEV1 below 50% it's frequently recommended you participate a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. The thing you need to know though is....not all pulmonary rehabilitation facilities are created equal.

Why should you go through Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

-it may help you remain working

-it may help you remain independent

-it may increase your quality of life

-it may help you stay of oxygen

What should I know about Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

-California has the most progressive pulmonary rehabilitation schooling

-you need to look for a pulmonary rehabilitation facilitiy where the staff continually update
their pulmonary rehab knowledge

-just because a medical clinic is progressive in one area of services they provide does not mean
they are progressive in all areas of service

*An excellent example of great pulmonary rehab facility and staff is Karen Block's Endeavour
Pulmonary rehab facility in Mequon, WI(sp?)*

Do your homework!! Your lungs depend on it!

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