TURBOFORTE to reduce mucus and reduce the effects of respiratory conditions
Turboforte™ is a Mucus Clearance Respiratory Device that provides positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy for patients with mucus producing respiratory conditions including:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPDs), such as asthma
- Other conditions producing retained secretions
How does Turboforte work?
When you exhale (breathe out) through the Turboforte, your breath moves the steel ball inside. This causes: 1) airway vibrations that loosen mucus and, 2) a slight increase in pressure that aids in keeping your airways open. This combined action of vibration and pressure results in the mucus moving progressively up your airways until you can cough it out.
Why airway clearance?
In many chronic pulmonary conditions there is a build-up of secretions in the airways. These secretions, if left in the airways, can block air passages, make breathing difficult, and provide an ideal environment for bacteria to multiply and thrive – a primary cause of progressive, irreversible lung damage. Therefore, airway clearance is critical to your overall care. Daily airway clearance with the Turboforte® can help break this cycle of lung infection and damage.
Did you know that pulmonary and cardiovascular risks are increased with high levels of air pollution?
There is clear evidence that exposure to high levels of outdoor and indoor air pollutants is associated with increased mortality and morbidity due to COPD and related cardiorespiratory diseases.
Studies in the last 20 years continue to show increased risk associated mainly with particulate matters, even at much lower levels.
What is COPD? Congestive obstructive pulmonary disorder which includes asthma, sinus issues.
Sadly, having COPD may put you at risk for lung cancer and heart disease, among other conditions. Most people associate lung cancer to smoking and few make the connection with air pollution or second hand smoke. Apparently 40-70% of people with lung cancer never smoked in their lives
What are COPD Triggers?
According to researchers in London, nearly half of all COPD exacerbations are triggered by bacterial or viral infections, such as colds, pneumonia, and the flu. Other exacerbations are caused by a number of environmental factors.
COPD triggers are also different for each person. Your best chance of protecting your health and preventing a flare-up is to identify your personal triggers and then avoid them, Use this list to recognize common triggers and identify the ones that bother you most.
Common indoor COPD triggers and ways to reduce their impact:
- Tobacco smoke.Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Not smoking is the No. 1 thing you can do to prevent COPD irritations and slow the progression of the disease.
- Chemical fumes.Toxic cleaning products, paints, and solvents have fumes that can trigger COPD flare-ups. Use nontoxic, natural cleaning products without chemical irritants.
- Dust.Dust is a lung irritant often found indoors. Avoid exposure to dust buildup by minimizing clutter in your home and work areas. Dust and vacuum your home often.
- Pet dander.If you have pets, vacuum your home daily to avoid pet dander buildup. Install hard-surface flooring instead of carpeting to keep dander accumulation to a minimum. The bedroom should be off-limits to pets.
- Strong odors.Perfumes, scented candles, air fresheners, and other scented items can be overpowering as many of them use chemical sources. Switch to pure and therapeutic essential oils
- Indoor pollution.Fumes and odors caused by cooking, using an indoor fireplace or kerosene heater, or having dirty air filters in your home can lead to indoor air pollution. Be sure to vent your home well when you’re cooking or using a heating source that causes fumes.
Common outdoor COPD triggers:
- Tobacco smoke.If you see someone smoking, keep your distance from them if possible. Secondhand smoke is one of the most common triggers of COPD exacerbations.
- Air pollution.Vehicle exhaust, pollution from factories, and fumes at the gas pump are all lung irritants that can trigger a COPD flare-up.
- Extremes in temperatures.Extreme heat or cold can create adverse reactions in people with COPD.
- Pollen.On days when pollen counts are high, generally in the spring and fall. Limiting the time you spend outdoors.
Unfortunately many patients with lung cancer have underlying and undiagnosed COPD