Canada-based Trudell Medical International has developed a drug-free device called Aerobika, an easy to use, clinically supported technology for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic bronchitis that helps in clearing mucus from the lungs.
Patients indicated that daily use of Aerobika made it easier to excrete mucus. They also reported a decrease in the frequency of coughs, reduced breathlessness, increased exercise tolerance, and improved quality of life.
According to a press release provided by Trudell to Lung Disease News, evidence from recent studies — including results from a study conducted at the University of Western Ontario and published in COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (“Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease“) — reported that using Aerobika daily led to a significant improvement in quality of life among mucus-producing COPD patients. Patients in the study who used the device every day for three to four weeks had increased lung capacity and exercise tolerance, and experienced improvements in their ability to expel mucus and in their general quality of life.
The device can be used in combination with COPD medications and is generally available at retail pharmacies across Canada.
About 800,000 people have been diagnosed with COPD in Canada, but it’s estimated that as many as 2.4 million in that country are currently living with the disease without a formal diagnosis. Winter brings added risks of exacerbation or worsening of symptoms of COPD and chronic bronchitis patients, especially for those living in the north. The cold, wind and flu exposure from November to February can make COPD symptoms more frequent and severe.
More information about the Aerobika device can be found at GetYourBreathBack.com.
COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow in the lungs. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, cough, sputum production and wheezing. The condition is caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or cigarette smoke. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and a host of other conditions.