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Top Five Apps for COPD 

There are so many tools to help us with COPD, and some of the best resources are right on your phone or mobile device. I personally downloaded and played with many this week. These are what I consider to be the best apps for COPD. With the help of these handy tools, you can practice breathing techniques, learn about medication, track your breath score, and even measure your anxiety scale.

Top 5 apps for COPD

The Breathing App is totally fun. You can look at interactive pictures to help guide your breath. For example, as a ball grows bigger, you inhale, and as it shrinks, you exhale. You can choose numbers to count with, or stars in the Milky Way. You feel like YOU are in control of your breath with this app. It lets you work at your own pace. One-click, and you’re breathing. I didn’t get charged, so I think this one was free.

Prana Breath: Calm and Meditate is the most highly reviewed app for breathing exercises. It is for android, so I’m not able to give it a personal review. However, it is free and has no ads. It has been downloaded over a million times and is free to android users.

Breathe2Relax is a diaphragmatic breathing app. It’s my current fave. You can choose any background. I liked the rainforest image. It gives you 16 breaths to practice, with gentle guidance. The best though? You CAN shorten the inhale to match your lungs. You can also lengthen the exhale. I wasn’t able to watch the videos, but I still totally enjoyed this one. It may feel stressful if you have a super reduced lung capacity. I didn’t look at the picture of the tube on the left side filling up, and that helped lessen my anxiety. This got 10 stars because it only cost $.99 cents.

The COPD Pocket Guide is the latest from the COPD Foundation. They launched an app that starts you off with assessments and has a ton of features, including lists of medications for COPD, and treatments, videos, and depression and anxiety screen tests. It’s best to begin with the COPD Assessment Test or CAT, mMRC Breathless Score, and Anxiety Scale. Then click around to learn more. It’s available on IOS and Android for $5.99.

The EPA AIRNow app is a super useful tool to look at the air quality at your current location. It gives today’s and tomorrow’s forecast for anywhere in the United States. It is made by the Environmental Protection Agency and is simple to use and free.

Now you know my top 5 apps for COPD. In addition, there are stop smoking apps, which I didn’t even get to yet. Calming down while getting breathing exercises is always beneficial, and you can choose which app you like best for your device. Having access to the COPD Foundation’s top of the line resources is a bonus, and you can even check EPA air quality. With these tools at your fingertips, you are helping your body to be in the best possible health while living with COPD.

Are you currently using any technology apps to help with your COPD?

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Comments

  • lousand1
    1 month ago

    This is so interesting. I would love to be able to download all or some of these apps. Are any designed for a pc or must you have a smartphone or Ipad ?

  • Karen Hoyt author
    1 month ago

    These were totally fun to look at. You can go the app store for mac and download them. Windows 10 also has apps in the google play store.
    I didn’t download them that way, but know that it’s a great way to get apps on your computer device.
    If you have time, please let us know how it works for you! Thanks for asking. I’m sure many had the same question.
    xo Karen

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 month ago

    Hi Karen – thanks for the tip/suggestions in other ways to access the apps. Leon (site moderator)

  • Lynne707249
    2 months ago

    I’m using the quit smoking app although I haven’t set a quit date yet!

  • Karen Hoyt author
    1 month ago

    I wish they had stuff like this before. I used charts and poster style stuff. I’m sure it’s going to be pretty helpful to you.
    Anything that gives you new ideas and different ways of approaching something helps. I’m excited for you. Work it at your own pace.
    All my best, xoxo Karen

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    2 months ago

    That’s great, Lynne707249! Please let us know how it works for you. We’re always looking for things that may help others to quit. I’ll be very interested in what you have to say about it.
    Best, Lyn (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 months ago

    Hi Lynne707249 and thanks for joining in this conversation with another application. Are you able to share the application you are using to quit smoking? Leon (site moderator)

  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 months ago

    Great article, now time for me to check out your suggestions. Thank you for this!
    Janet (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 months ago

    Hi Janet – glad to hear you’re going to check out the suggestions Karen shared with us in her article. If you don’t mind, please let us know how they work for you. Good luck! Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 months ago

    Thanks, Janet – you checking this out will, no doubt, help all of our community members who have read this. We all appreciate you looking into this. My day has been grand, as I hope yours is too.
    Warmly,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 months ago

    I will be happy to do so. Thanks Leon and I hope you are having a super day!
    Janet (site moderator)

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