A new study says that oxygen therapy may not help people in the less severe stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
COPD is an umbrella term for the lung diseases chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The study findings could change clinical practice, the researchers added.
In 2014, close to 16 million Americans said they’d been diagnosed with COPD, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease stands as the third-leading cause of death in the United States.
One common treatment for COPD is supplemental oxygen — with both portable and at-home devices.
The therapy has been proven to prolong the lives of COPD patients with severe decreases in their blood oxygen levels, said study corresponding author Dr. Robert Wise.
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