What is the Difference Between Healthspan and Lifespan? And Why is Good Lung Health Important for Each?
Lifespan is a term familiar to many, as it indicates the total number of years a person lives. The average lifespan was 76.60 years for Americans in 2021, 72.81 years for the world. A term perhaps less familiar is healthspan, or the total number of years a person remains healthy, active, and breathing well – that is to say, free from disease. The average healthspan is an estimated ten years less
I Want to Stop Smoking: What Resources Are Available to Me, How Do I Do It, Are There Any Medications?
If you’re looking to quit smoking, there are many resources available to help you, and the desire to quit is a huge step in the right direction. Telephone helplines are offered by the American Cancer Society at 866-QUIT-4-LIFE (866-784-8454) around the clock 24/7 and the American Lung Association at 800-LUNGUSA (800-586-4872). The American Lung Association also offers a “Freedom From Smoking” support program, which can be accessed online. Ask your healthcare provider
Inhalers – also known as bronchodilators – are medications breathed through the mouth and into the lungs in order to help clear airways. For example, an asthma attack swells and narrows the airways, making it difficult to breathe and triggering symptoms like coughing and wheezing. An inhaler relaxes these tightened muscles surrounding the airway. Air then moves in and out with greater ease, and the person is able to breathe
Click here to download a video greeting from Dr. Mike! COVID-19 stands poised to persist as a chronic presence in the coming years. Another uptick of mild cases in late May affirmed that the disease is still a part of our lives. Newer therapeutics offer the ability to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 to avoid hospitalization and death among the unvaccinated. If an annual vaccine is the recommendation handed down by
There are a few different types of masks that can be utilized to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Read more for information about the different types of masks. On July 10th, 2020, a mask mandate went into effect for Hamilton County, Tennessee. You can read more about this mandate including fast facts, restrictions, and expectations for Lung Docs patients here. Surgical Masks Also called a "medical mask," a
On Monday, July 6th, in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger approved a mask mandate. Facial coverings shall fit snugly and securely against the side of the face. Cloth masks are preferred and should ideally include multiple layers of fabric. Surgical and other medical masks such as N95 are not required. According to the executive order, these should be preserved for health care personnel.
Separate research groups (including this report from Nature.com and this report from Annals of Internal Medicine) report that surgical face masks reduced the presence of influenza and coronavirus RNA in respiratory droplets and aerosols from infected individuals. This supports the CDC guidelines for the public. The CDC has recommended that the general population begin wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (grocery stores,
While we’ve found ourselves in a strange time with a lot of uncertainty, our local government has risen to the task and has developed many resources for Hamilton County citizens to utilize. Here is a list of local COVID-19 resources for the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Hamilton County, Tennessee Free Community Testing Free COVID-19 testing is available at a local community testing site: Bonnyshire Site 7460 Bonnyshire Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416 HOURS: Monday–Friday 9:00–10:30 A.M. INFORMATION: Maximum