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Considerations for Lung Disease and COVID-19

April 13, 2020

This is an unsettling time for many people, especially for people who have existing medical conditions like lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). So if you have COPD or another lung disease, what should you know about COVID-19 and what actions should you take to be prepared? George Verghese, MD, a pulmonologist and critical care physician with Augusta Health Pulmonology, provides this information: What is my risk for COVID-19 if I am a Pulmonary patient? People who have lung disease are not more likely to get COVID-19; however, people who have pulmonary disease...Continue Reading

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You Are What You Breathe: Ways to Avoid Lung Toxins

March 5, 2020

A healthy person's lungs automatically provide tens of thousands of breaths a day that assist with everything from sleep to physical exertion. Healthy lungs can't be taken for granted. Millions of people around the world suffer from chronic lung conditions such as asthma. In fact, asthma is estimated to impact 235 million people from across the globe. Toxins are a major contributor to declining lung health and lung disease. Toxins in our environment, home, and workplace can impact our lungs. Products we buy and habits we have can also expose us to toxins. We're identifying common causes of...Continue Reading

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Amazing Facts About Your Lungs

November 7, 2019

Every day of your life, there are two spongy organs working hard on your behalf. Without them, your body wouldn't be able to take oxygen from the air or remove harmful carbon dioxide from your body. These superstars are your lungs, and they work in conjunction with the airways, blood vessels, and muscles of the respiratory system. Most of us go through our day breathing normally and never giving much thought to how it happens. Let's explore the functions of the lungs and five amazing facts about these life-giving organs. What do your lungs and a tennis court have in common? Read on to find...Continue Reading

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Getting to know Dr. Verghese

August 10, 2018

Since 2002, Dr. Verghese , a board-certified pulmonologist has helped residents of Central Virginia stay healthy and breathe easy. Since high school, he's known he wanted to combine his interest in science and helping people. Sticking close to his North Carolina roots, he attended Duke University, first as an engineering student and then transitioning into medicine. When it came time to choose a specialty, Dr. Verghese landed on pulmonology – a field that treats diseases in the respiratory system. "I like pulmonology because it encompasses a little bit of everything – people of different ages...Continue Reading

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Pneumonia 101: 6 Things You Should Know About Pneumonia

October 13, 2017

Most people believe pneumonia is an illness that only affects older adults, the very young, or people with impaired immune systems. However, the truth is pneumonia is a serious illness that can strike anyone at any age—even healthy individuals. Although pneumonia is common, there are a few things you may not know about this lung infection.Continue Reading

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Are you Shortening Your Life with these 5 Unhealthy Habits?

August 29, 2017

Very few people look forward to getting older, but most people would agree that it's better than dying before your time. While most people would love to stop the aging process somewhere around age 25, this fantasy probably won't happen very soon. However, it is possible to increase your odds of living a longer and healthier life by practicing healthy habits. Unhealthy habits are one of the leading reasons why people die earlier. In 2010, the life expectancy for individuals living in the United States was 78 years. Just two short years later, this figure is rapidly declining for certain age...Continue Reading

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Love Your Lungs: What Happens When You Quit Smoking

July 7, 2017

Smoking – maybe you started in high school or picked up your first cigarette during a stressful time. No matter how you started, one thing is for sure, smoking is a hard habit to break. Some even delay quitting because they feel the damage to their health is already done. It's true that smoking increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and many other illnesses. However, there's good news for those that decide to kick the habit. In fact, the benefits of being smoke-free start in as little as 20-minutes after you quit. A Journey Begins With a Single Step: The First 24 Hours After...Continue Reading

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5 Tips to Enjoy Picnics with Allergies and Asthma

August 17, 2016

It's the time of year when the weather starts to warm up, we stop hibernating and we start planning outdoor activities. We roll out the lawn mowers to clean up our yards, clean off our decks and patios for get-togethers and clean our grills to prepare for outdoor picnics. Unfortunately, the warmer temperatures also bring tree, grass and weed pollen, which can make picnics less fun. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, or just want tips on how to make the picnic season more enjoyable, we've got 5 great tips for you. 1. Clean the Air Even though you can't control the outdoor air quality, there...Continue Reading