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An operation to replace a patient’s diseased lungs with lungs from a donor
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The worsening of a disease/condition over time

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A formal documentation when someone else is given the responsibility to manage your affairs and make certain decisions on your behalf

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Refers to the lungs

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A group of tests used to check how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they supply oxygen to the rest of the body14

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A type of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels to the lungs and the right side of the heart15

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Therapy that provides relief from symptoms to help patients live more comfortably with their disease13

View in glossary

Administration of oxygen as a medical intervention11

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A small plastic tube or prongs that fit in the nostrils to deliver supplementary oxygen11

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Listening to and playing music as a therapy which aims to ease the symptoms of those living with IPF

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A sleep disorder characterised by breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during sleep12

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A specialist who helps someone recover or live with their symptoms more easily

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A machine that removes other gases from the air to provide oxygen for oxygen therapy11

View in glossary

An education and exercise program designed to improve the quality of life for people with lung conditions16

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A physician specialised in lung problems (also known as a respirologist)

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A product that gives protection against a specific infection

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A test used to monitor oxygen levels in a patient’s blood, usually with a non-invasive sensor11

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A breathing technique to help control breathlessness and reduce anxiety17

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A disease that affects only a small percentage of the population

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Something that is associated with an increased risk of disease or infection

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A technique that helps to reduce stress and anxiety by helping to understand and manage your emotions

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Therapies used alongside conventional treatments that help treat symptoms and may improve overall physical and mental wellbeing

View in glossary

A medical study that investigates how safe and effective a new therapy or technique is for treating a certain disease

View in glossary

A disease or condition that occurs at the same time as another disease or condition

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A device to deliver compressed air to improve sleep in people with obstructive sleep apnoea6

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A disease where a waxy substance (plaque) builds up inside the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle7

View in glossary

A type of chronic disease that typically worsens over time and is characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for COPD5

View in glossary

Refers to the heart, and blood vessels

View in glossary

A type of medication that aims to slow the scarring and stiffening of lungs to slow disease progression2

View in glossary

Tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the blood takes place

View in glossary

A test that shows how well the lungs are working by measuring how much oxygen and carbon dioxide is in the blood. This test requires that a small volume of blood be drawn from the patient3

View in glossary

Techniques that involve breathing in a certain way to control breathlessness and strengthen your lungs

View in glossary

A procedure in which a bronchoscope (a medical instrument like a tube) is passed through the mouth or nose into the lung and fluid is squirted into a small part of the lung and then collected for examination4

View in glossary

A lung condition where the air sacs within the lungs (alveoli) become damaged5

View in glossary

Extreme weariness resulting from exertion or illness

View in glossary

Of unknown cause

View in glossary

Rapid and uncontrolled breathing

View in glossary

A disease where there is progressive scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause4

View in glossary

The surgical removal of cells or tissue samples from the lung for examination by a pathologist10

View in glossary

The lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff

View in glossary

A test that uses a type of X-ray that produces multiple, detailed images of areas inside the body4

View in glossary

A burning sensation in the chest, which can spread to the throat, along with a sour taste in the mouth

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Where inflamed tissue is replaced with scar tissue, making it thicken and become stiffer4

View in glossary

A symptom where the ends of the fingers become wider and rounder8

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A digestive disease where stomach acid moves up out of the stomach and irritates the lining of the food pipe (oesophagus)9

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A physician specializing in the management of diseases of the digestive system

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An event characterized by sudden, severe worsening of symptoms or an increase in disease severity1

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People with pulmonary fibrosis can often become stressed when trying to balance the demands of managing their disease, while still trying to live life to the fullest. However, there are ways to manage this stress and relax your body and mind.

Your treatment team may discuss different relaxation techniques with you to manage the emotional demands of living with pulmonary fibrosis. These techniques can help improve your mood and sense of wellbeing.

Using relaxation techniques1

Practicing relaxation techniques can have many benefits, such as:

  • Slowing heart rate
  • Slowing breathing rate
  • Improving digestion
  • Improved concentration and mood

Most relaxation exercises are safe for most people. However, just like with exercise routines, people with pulmonary fibrosis should discuss the relaxation techniques with their treatment team before commencing a program.

An operation to replace a patient’s diseased lungs with lungs from a donor
View in glossary

The worsening of a disease/condition over time

View in glossary

A formal documentation when someone else is given the responsibility to manage your affairs and make certain decisions on your behalf

View in glossary

Refers to the lungs

View in glossary

A group of tests used to check how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they supply oxygen to the rest of the body14

View in glossary

A type of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels to the lungs and the right side of the heart15

View in glossary

Therapy that provides relief from symptoms to help patients live more comfortably with their disease13

View in glossary

Administration of oxygen as a medical intervention11

View in glossary

A small plastic tube or prongs that fit in the nostrils to deliver supplementary oxygen11

View in glossary

Listening to and playing music as a therapy which aims to ease the symptoms of those living with IPF

View in glossary

A sleep disorder characterised by breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during sleep12

View in glossary

A specialist who helps someone recover or live with their symptoms more easily

View in glossary

A machine that removes other gases from the air to provide oxygen for oxygen therapy11

View in glossary

An education and exercise program designed to improve the quality of life for people with lung conditions16

View in glossary

A physician specialised in lung problems (also known as a respirologist)

View in glossary

A product that gives protection against a specific infection

View in glossary

A test used to monitor oxygen levels in a patient’s blood, usually with a non-invasive sensor11

View in glossary

A breathing technique to help control breathlessness and reduce anxiety17

View in glossary

A disease that affects only a small percentage of the population

View in glossary

Something that is associated with an increased risk of disease or infection

View in glossary

A technique that helps to reduce stress and anxiety by helping to understand and manage your emotions

View in glossary

Therapies used alongside conventional treatments that help treat symptoms and may improve overall physical and mental wellbeing

View in glossary

A medical study that investigates how safe and effective a new therapy or technique is for treating a certain disease

View in glossary

A disease or condition that occurs at the same time as another disease or condition

View in glossary

A device to deliver compressed air to improve sleep in people with obstructive sleep apnoea6

View in glossary

A disease where a waxy substance (plaque) builds up inside the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle7

View in glossary

A type of chronic disease that typically worsens over time and is characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for COPD5

View in glossary

Refers to the heart, and blood vessels

View in glossary

A type of medication that aims to slow the scarring and stiffening of lungs to slow disease progression2

View in glossary

Tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the blood takes place

View in glossary

A test that shows how well the lungs are working by measuring how much oxygen and carbon dioxide is in the blood. This test requires that a small volume of blood be drawn from the patient3

View in glossary

Techniques that involve breathing in a certain way to control breathlessness and strengthen your lungs

View in glossary

A procedure in which a bronchoscope (a medical instrument like a tube) is passed through the mouth or nose into the lung and fluid is squirted into a small part of the lung and then collected for examination4

View in glossary

A lung condition where the air sacs within the lungs (alveoli) become damaged5

View in glossary

Extreme weariness resulting from exertion or illness

View in glossary

Of unknown cause

View in glossary

Rapid and uncontrolled breathing

View in glossary

A disease where there is progressive scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause4

View in glossary

The surgical removal of cells or tissue samples from the lung for examination by a pathologist10

View in glossary

The lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff

View in glossary

A test that uses a type of X-ray that produces multiple, detailed images of areas inside the body4

View in glossary

A burning sensation in the chest, which can spread to the throat, along with a sour taste in the mouth

View in glossary

Where inflamed tissue is replaced with scar tissue, making it thicken and become stiffer4

View in glossary

A symptom where the ends of the fingers become wider and rounder8

View in glossary

A digestive disease where stomach acid moves up out of the stomach and irritates the lining of the food pipe (oesophagus)9

View in glossary

A physician specializing in the management of diseases of the digestive system

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An event characterized by sudden, severe worsening of symptoms or an increase in disease severity1

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Simple relaxation exercises for managing pulmonary fibrosis

When you feel physically and emotionally relaxed, your muscles are relaxed too. This means that your muscles need less oxygen and your breathing may become more settled.

There are many different relaxation techniques which you can try. Below are two simple relaxation exercises to help both your mind and body.

Do you have 60 seconds to spare?

  1. An operation to replace a patient’s diseased lungs with lungs from a donor
    View in glossary

    The worsening of a disease/condition over time

    View in glossary

    A formal documentation when someone else is given the responsibility to manage your affairs and make certain decisions on your behalf

    View in glossary

    Refers to the lungs

    View in glossary

    A group of tests used to check how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they supply oxygen to the rest of the body14

    View in glossary

    A type of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels to the lungs and the right side of the heart15

    View in glossary

    Therapy that provides relief from symptoms to help patients live more comfortably with their disease13

    View in glossary

    Administration of oxygen as a medical intervention11

    View in glossary

    A small plastic tube or prongs that fit in the nostrils to deliver supplementary oxygen11

    View in glossary

    Listening to and playing music as a therapy which aims to ease the symptoms of those living with IPF

    View in glossary

    A sleep disorder characterised by breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during sleep12

    View in glossary

    A specialist who helps someone recover or live with their symptoms more easily

    View in glossary

    A machine that removes other gases from the air to provide oxygen for oxygen therapy11

    View in glossary

    An education and exercise program designed to improve the quality of life for people with lung conditions16

    View in glossary

    A physician specialised in lung problems (also known as a respirologist)

    View in glossary

    A product that gives protection against a specific infection

    View in glossary

    A test used to monitor oxygen levels in a patient’s blood, usually with a non-invasive sensor11

    View in glossary

    A breathing technique to help control breathlessness and reduce anxiety17

    View in glossary

    A disease that affects only a small percentage of the population

    View in glossary

    Something that is associated with an increased risk of disease or infection

    View in glossary

    A technique that helps to reduce stress and anxiety by helping to understand and manage your emotions

    View in glossary

    Therapies used alongside conventional treatments that help treat symptoms and may improve overall physical and mental wellbeing

    View in glossary

    A medical study that investigates how safe and effective a new therapy or technique is for treating a certain disease

    View in glossary

    A disease or condition that occurs at the same time as another disease or condition

    View in glossary

    A device to deliver compressed air to improve sleep in people with obstructive sleep apnoea6

    View in glossary

    A disease where a waxy substance (plaque) builds up inside the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle7

    View in glossary

    A type of chronic disease that typically worsens over time and is characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for COPD5

    View in glossary

    Refers to the heart, and blood vessels

    View in glossary

    A type of medication that aims to slow the scarring and stiffening of lungs to slow disease progression2

    View in glossary

    Tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the blood takes place

    View in glossary

    A test that shows how well the lungs are working by measuring how much oxygen and carbon dioxide is in the blood. This test requires that a small volume of blood be drawn from the patient3

    View in glossary

    Techniques that involve breathing in a certain way to control breathlessness and strengthen your lungs

    View in glossary

    A procedure in which a bronchoscope (a medical instrument like a tube) is passed through the mouth or nose into the lung and fluid is squirted into a small part of the lung and then collected for examination4

    View in glossary

    A lung condition where the air sacs within the lungs (alveoli) become damaged5

    View in glossary

    Extreme weariness resulting from exertion or illness

    View in glossary

    Of unknown cause

    View in glossary

    Rapid and uncontrolled breathing

    View in glossary

    A disease where there is progressive scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause4

    View in glossary

    The surgical removal of cells or tissue samples from the lung for examination by a pathologist10

    View in glossary

    The lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff

    View in glossary

    A test that uses a type of X-ray that produces multiple, detailed images of areas inside the body4

    View in glossary

    A burning sensation in the chest, which can spread to the throat, along with a sour taste in the mouth

    View in glossary

    Where inflamed tissue is replaced with scar tissue, making it thicken and become stiffer4

    View in glossary

    A symptom where the ends of the fingers become wider and rounder8

    View in glossary

    A digestive disease where stomach acid moves up out of the stomach and irritates the lining of the food pipe (oesophagus)9

    View in glossary

    A physician specializing in the management of diseases of the digestive system

    View in glossary

    An event characterized by sudden, severe worsening of symptoms or an increase in disease severity1

    View in glossary

    Sit down

    Sit down in a comfortable chair

  2. An operation to replace a patient’s diseased lungs with lungs from a donor
    View in glossary

    The worsening of a disease/condition over time

    View in glossary

    A formal documentation when someone else is given the responsibility to manage your affairs and make certain decisions on your behalf

    View in glossary

    Refers to the lungs

    View in glossary

    A group of tests used to check how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they supply oxygen to the rest of the body14

    View in glossary

    A type of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels to the lungs and the right side of the heart15

    View in glossary

    Therapy that provides relief from symptoms to help patients live more comfortably with their disease13

    View in glossary

    Administration of oxygen as a medical intervention11

    View in glossary

    A small plastic tube or prongs that fit in the nostrils to deliver supplementary oxygen11

    View in glossary

    Listening to and playing music as a therapy which aims to ease the symptoms of those living with IPF

    View in glossary

    A sleep disorder characterised by breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during sleep12

    View in glossary

    A specialist who helps someone recover or live with their symptoms more easily

    View in glossary

    A machine that removes other gases from the air to provide oxygen for oxygen therapy11

    View in glossary

    An education and exercise program designed to improve the quality of life for people with lung conditions16

    View in glossary

    A physician specialised in lung problems (also known as a respirologist)

    View in glossary

    A product that gives protection against a specific infection

    View in glossary

    A test used to monitor oxygen levels in a patient’s blood, usually with a non-invasive sensor11

    View in glossary

    A breathing technique to help control breathlessness and reduce anxiety17

    View in glossary

    A disease that affects only a small percentage of the population

    View in glossary

    Something that is associated with an increased risk of disease or infection

    View in glossary

    A technique that helps to reduce stress and anxiety by helping to understand and manage your emotions

    View in glossary

    Therapies used alongside conventional treatments that help treat symptoms and may improve overall physical and mental wellbeing

    View in glossary

    A medical study that investigates how safe and effective a new therapy or technique is for treating a certain disease

    View in glossary

    A disease or condition that occurs at the same time as another disease or condition

    View in glossary

    A device to deliver compressed air to improve sleep in people with obstructive sleep apnoea6

    View in glossary

    A disease where a waxy substance (plaque) builds up inside the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle7

    View in glossary

    A type of chronic disease that typically worsens over time and is characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for COPD5

    View in glossary

    Refers to the heart, and blood vessels

    View in glossary

    A type of medication that aims to slow the scarring and stiffening of lungs to slow disease progression2

    View in glossary

    Tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the blood takes place

    View in glossary

    A test that shows how well the lungs are working by measuring how much oxygen and carbon dioxide is in the blood. This test requires that a small volume of blood be drawn from the patient3

    View in glossary

    Techniques that involve breathing in a certain way to control breathlessness and strengthen your lungs

    View in glossary

    A procedure in which a bronchoscope (a medical instrument like a tube) is passed through the mouth or nose into the lung and fluid is squirted into a small part of the lung and then collected for examination4

    View in glossary

    A lung condition where the air sacs within the lungs (alveoli) become damaged5

    View in glossary

    Extreme weariness resulting from exertion or illness

    View in glossary

    Of unknown cause

    View in glossary

    Rapid and uncontrolled breathing

    View in glossary

    A disease where there is progressive scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause4

    View in glossary

    The surgical removal of cells or tissue samples from the lung for examination by a pathologist10

    View in glossary

    The lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff

    View in glossary

    A test that uses a type of X-ray that produces multiple, detailed images of areas inside the body4

    View in glossary

    A burning sensation in the chest, which can spread to the throat, along with a sour taste in the mouth

    View in glossary

    Where inflamed tissue is replaced with scar tissue, making it thicken and become stiffer4

    View in glossary

    A symptom where the ends of the fingers become wider and rounder8

    View in glossary

    A digestive disease where stomach acid moves up out of the stomach and irritates the lining of the food pipe (oesophagus)9

    View in glossary

    A physician specializing in the management of diseases of the digestive system

    View in glossary

    An event characterized by sudden, severe worsening of symptoms or an increase in disease severity1

    View in glossary

    Breathe in

    Take a few slow, deep breaths and quietly say to yourself, “I am” as you breathe in

  3. An operation to replace a patient’s diseased lungs with lungs from a donor
    View in glossary

    The worsening of a disease/condition over time

    View in glossary

    A formal documentation when someone else is given the responsibility to manage your affairs and make certain decisions on your behalf

    View in glossary

    Refers to the lungs

    View in glossary

    A group of tests used to check how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they supply oxygen to the rest of the body14

    View in glossary

    A type of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels to the lungs and the right side of the heart15

    View in glossary

    Therapy that provides relief from symptoms to help patients live more comfortably with their disease13

    View in glossary

    Administration of oxygen as a medical intervention11

    View in glossary

    A small plastic tube or prongs that fit in the nostrils to deliver supplementary oxygen11

    View in glossary

    Listening to and playing music as a therapy which aims to ease the symptoms of those living with IPF

    View in glossary

    A sleep disorder characterised by breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during sleep12

    View in glossary

    A specialist who helps someone recover or live with their symptoms more easily

    View in glossary

    A machine that removes other gases from the air to provide oxygen for oxygen therapy11

    View in glossary

    An education and exercise program designed to improve the quality of life for people with lung conditions16

    View in glossary

    A physician specialised in lung problems (also known as a respirologist)

    View in glossary

    A product that gives protection against a specific infection

    View in glossary

    A test used to monitor oxygen levels in a patient’s blood, usually with a non-invasive sensor11

    View in glossary

    A breathing technique to help control breathlessness and reduce anxiety17

    View in glossary

    A disease that affects only a small percentage of the population

    View in glossary

    Something that is associated with an increased risk of disease or infection

    View in glossary

    A technique that helps to reduce stress and anxiety by helping to understand and manage your emotions

    View in glossary

    Therapies used alongside conventional treatments that help treat symptoms and may improve overall physical and mental wellbeing

    View in glossary

    A medical study that investigates how safe and effective a new therapy or technique is for treating a certain disease

    View in glossary

    A disease or condition that occurs at the same time as another disease or condition

    View in glossary

    A device to deliver compressed air to improve sleep in people with obstructive sleep apnoea6

    View in glossary

    A disease where a waxy substance (plaque) builds up inside the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle7

    View in glossary

    A type of chronic disease that typically worsens over time and is characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for COPD5

    View in glossary

    Refers to the heart, and blood vessels

    View in glossary

    A type of medication that aims to slow the scarring and stiffening of lungs to slow disease progression2

    View in glossary

    Tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the blood takes place

    View in glossary

    A test that shows how well the lungs are working by measuring how much oxygen and carbon dioxide is in the blood. This test requires that a small volume of blood be drawn from the patient3

    View in glossary

    Techniques that involve breathing in a certain way to control breathlessness and strengthen your lungs

    View in glossary

    A procedure in which a bronchoscope (a medical instrument like a tube) is passed through the mouth or nose into the lung and fluid is squirted into a small part of the lung and then collected for examination4

    View in glossary

    A lung condition where the air sacs within the lungs (alveoli) become damaged5

    View in glossary

    Extreme weariness resulting from exertion or illness

    View in glossary

    Of unknown cause

    View in glossary

    Rapid and uncontrolled breathing

    View in glossary

    A disease where there is progressive scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause4

    View in glossary

    The surgical removal of cells or tissue samples from the lung for examination by a pathologist10

    View in glossary

    The lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff

    View in glossary

    A test that uses a type of X-ray that produces multiple, detailed images of areas inside the body4

    View in glossary

    A burning sensation in the chest, which can spread to the throat, along with a sour taste in the mouth

    View in glossary

    Where inflamed tissue is replaced with scar tissue, making it thicken and become stiffer4

    View in glossary

    A symptom where the ends of the fingers become wider and rounder8

    View in glossary

    A digestive disease where stomach acid moves up out of the stomach and irritates the lining of the food pipe (oesophagus)9

    View in glossary

    A physician specializing in the management of diseases of the digestive system

    View in glossary

    An event characterized by sudden, severe worsening of symptoms or an increase in disease severity1

    View in glossary

    Breathe out

    Then say, “at peace” as you breathe out

  4. An operation to replace a patient’s diseased lungs with lungs from a donor
    View in glossary

    The worsening of a disease/condition over time

    View in glossary

    A formal documentation when someone else is given the responsibility to manage your affairs and make certain decisions on your behalf

    View in glossary

    Refers to the lungs

    View in glossary

    A group of tests used to check how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they supply oxygen to the rest of the body14

    View in glossary

    A type of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels to the lungs and the right side of the heart15

    View in glossary

    Therapy that provides relief from symptoms to help patients live more comfortably with their disease13

    View in glossary

    Administration of oxygen as a medical intervention11

    View in glossary

    A small plastic tube or prongs that fit in the nostrils to deliver supplementary oxygen11

    View in glossary

    Listening to and playing music as a therapy which aims to ease the symptoms of those living with IPF

    View in glossary

    A sleep disorder characterised by breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during sleep12

    View in glossary

    A specialist who helps someone recover or live with their symptoms more easily

    View in glossary

    A machine that removes other gases from the air to provide oxygen for oxygen therapy11

    View in glossary

    An education and exercise program designed to improve the quality of life for people with lung conditions16

    View in glossary

    A physician specialised in lung problems (also known as a respirologist)

    View in glossary

    A product that gives protection against a specific infection

    View in glossary

    A test used to monitor oxygen levels in a patient’s blood, usually with a non-invasive sensor11

    View in glossary

    A breathing technique to help control breathlessness and reduce anxiety17

    View in glossary

    A disease that affects only a small percentage of the population

    View in glossary

    Something that is associated with an increased risk of disease or infection

    View in glossary

    A technique that helps to reduce stress and anxiety by helping to understand and manage your emotions

    View in glossary

    Therapies used alongside conventional treatments that help treat symptoms and may improve overall physical and mental wellbeing

    View in glossary

    A medical study that investigates how safe and effective a new therapy or technique is for treating a certain disease

    View in glossary

    A disease or condition that occurs at the same time as another disease or condition

    View in glossary

    A device to deliver compressed air to improve sleep in people with obstructive sleep apnoea6

    View in glossary

    A disease where a waxy substance (plaque) builds up inside the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle7

    View in glossary

    A type of chronic disease that typically worsens over time and is characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for COPD5

    View in glossary

    Refers to the heart, and blood vessels

    View in glossary

    A type of medication that aims to slow the scarring and stiffening of lungs to slow disease progression2

    View in glossary

    Tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the blood takes place

    View in glossary

    A test that shows how well the lungs are working by measuring how much oxygen and carbon dioxide is in the blood. This test requires that a small volume of blood be drawn from the patient3

    View in glossary

    Techniques that involve breathing in a certain way to control breathlessness and strengthen your lungs

    View in glossary

    A procedure in which a bronchoscope (a medical instrument like a tube) is passed through the mouth or nose into the lung and fluid is squirted into a small part of the lung and then collected for examination4

    View in glossary

    A lung condition where the air sacs within the lungs (alveoli) become damaged5

    View in glossary

    Extreme weariness resulting from exertion or illness

    View in glossary

    Of unknown cause

    View in glossary

    Rapid and uncontrolled breathing

    View in glossary

    A disease where there is progressive scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause4

    View in glossary

    The surgical removal of cells or tissue samples from the lung for examination by a pathologist10

    View in glossary

    The lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff

    View in glossary

    A test that uses a type of X-ray that produces multiple, detailed images of areas inside the body4

    View in glossary

    A burning sensation in the chest, which can spread to the throat, along with a sour taste in the mouth

    View in glossary

    Where inflamed tissue is replaced with scar tissue, making it thicken and become stiffer4

    View in glossary

    A symptom where the ends of the fingers become wider and rounder8

    View in glossary

    A digestive disease where stomach acid moves up out of the stomach and irritates the lining of the food pipe (oesophagus)9

    View in glossary

    A physician specializing in the management of diseases of the digestive system

    View in glossary

    An event characterized by sudden, severe worsening of symptoms or an increase in disease severity1

    View in glossary

    Repeat

    Repeat this slowly 2 or 3 times. You should start to feel your body relax into the support of the chair

Do you have 2 minutes to spare?

  1. An operation to replace a patient’s diseased lungs with lungs from a donor
    View in glossary

    The worsening of a disease/condition over time

    View in glossary

    A formal documentation when someone else is given the responsibility to manage your affairs and make certain decisions on your behalf

    View in glossary

    Refers to the lungs

    View in glossary

    A group of tests used to check how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they supply oxygen to the rest of the body14

    View in glossary

    A type of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels to the lungs and the right side of the heart15

    View in glossary

    Therapy that provides relief from symptoms to help patients live more comfortably with their disease13

    View in glossary

    Administration of oxygen as a medical intervention11

    View in glossary

    A small plastic tube or prongs that fit in the nostrils to deliver supplementary oxygen11

    View in glossary

    Listening to and playing music as a therapy which aims to ease the symptoms of those living with IPF

    View in glossary

    A sleep disorder characterised by breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during sleep12

    View in glossary

    A specialist who helps someone recover or live with their symptoms more easily

    View in glossary

    A machine that removes other gases from the air to provide oxygen for oxygen therapy11

    View in glossary

    An education and exercise program designed to improve the quality of life for people with lung conditions16

    View in glossary

    A physician specialised in lung problems (also known as a respirologist)

    View in glossary

    A product that gives protection against a specific infection

    View in glossary

    A test used to monitor oxygen levels in a patient’s blood, usually with a non-invasive sensor11

    View in glossary

    A breathing technique to help control breathlessness and reduce anxiety17

    View in glossary

    A disease that affects only a small percentage of the population

    View in glossary

    Something that is associated with an increased risk of disease or infection

    View in glossary

    A technique that helps to reduce stress and anxiety by helping to understand and manage your emotions

    View in glossary

    Therapies used alongside conventional treatments that help treat symptoms and may improve overall physical and mental wellbeing

    View in glossary

    A medical study that investigates how safe and effective a new therapy or technique is for treating a certain disease

    View in glossary

    A disease or condition that occurs at the same time as another disease or condition

    View in glossary

    A device to deliver compressed air to improve sleep in people with obstructive sleep apnoea6

    View in glossary

    A disease where a waxy substance (plaque) builds up inside the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle7

    View in glossary

    A type of chronic disease that typically worsens over time and is characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for COPD5

    View in glossary

    Refers to the heart, and blood vessels

    View in glossary

    A type of medication that aims to slow the scarring and stiffening of lungs to slow disease progression2

    View in glossary

    Tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the blood takes place

    View in glossary

    A test that shows how well the lungs are working by measuring how much oxygen and carbon dioxide is in the blood. This test requires that a small volume of blood be drawn from the patient3

    View in glossary

    Techniques that involve breathing in a certain way to control breathlessness and strengthen your lungs

    View in glossary

    A procedure in which a bronchoscope (a medical instrument like a tube) is passed through the mouth or nose into the lung and fluid is squirted into a small part of the lung and then collected for examination4

    View in glossary

    A lung condition where the air sacs within the lungs (alveoli) become damaged5

    View in glossary

    Extreme weariness resulting from exertion or illness

    View in glossary

    Of unknown cause

    View in glossary

    Rapid and uncontrolled breathing

    View in glossary

    A disease where there is progressive scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause4

    View in glossary

    The surgical removal of cells or tissue samples from the lung for examination by a pathologist10

    View in glossary

    The lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff

    View in glossary

    A test that uses a type of X-ray that produces multiple, detailed images of areas inside the body4

    View in glossary

    A burning sensation in the chest, which can spread to the throat, along with a sour taste in the mouth

    View in glossary

    Where inflamed tissue is replaced with scar tissue, making it thicken and become stiffer4

    View in glossary

    A symptom where the ends of the fingers become wider and rounder8

    View in glossary

    A digestive disease where stomach acid moves up out of the stomach and irritates the lining of the food pipe (oesophagus)9

    View in glossary

    A physician specializing in the management of diseases of the digestive system

    View in glossary

    An event characterized by sudden, severe worsening of symptoms or an increase in disease severity1

    View in glossary

    Sit down

    Sit down in a comfortable chair

  2. An operation to replace a patient’s diseased lungs with lungs from a donor
    View in glossary

    The worsening of a disease/condition over time

    View in glossary

    A formal documentation when someone else is given the responsibility to manage your affairs and make certain decisions on your behalf

    View in glossary

    Refers to the lungs

    View in glossary

    A group of tests used to check how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they supply oxygen to the rest of the body14

    View in glossary

    A type of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels to the lungs and the right side of the heart15

    View in glossary

    Therapy that provides relief from symptoms to help patients live more comfortably with their disease13

    View in glossary

    Administration of oxygen as a medical intervention11

    View in glossary

    A small plastic tube or prongs that fit in the nostrils to deliver supplementary oxygen11

    View in glossary

    Listening to and playing music as a therapy which aims to ease the symptoms of those living with IPF

    View in glossary

    A sleep disorder characterised by breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during sleep12

    View in glossary

    A specialist who helps someone recover or live with their symptoms more easily

    View in glossary

    A machine that removes other gases from the air to provide oxygen for oxygen therapy11

    View in glossary

    An education and exercise program designed to improve the quality of life for people with lung conditions16

    View in glossary

    A physician specialised in lung problems (also known as a respirologist)

    View in glossary

    A product that gives protection against a specific infection

    View in glossary

    A test used to monitor oxygen levels in a patient’s blood, usually with a non-invasive sensor11

    View in glossary

    A breathing technique to help control breathlessness and reduce anxiety17

    View in glossary

    A disease that affects only a small percentage of the population

    View in glossary

    Something that is associated with an increased risk of disease or infection

    View in glossary

    A technique that helps to reduce stress and anxiety by helping to understand and manage your emotions

    View in glossary

    Therapies used alongside conventional treatments that help treat symptoms and may improve overall physical and mental wellbeing

    View in glossary

    A medical study that investigates how safe and effective a new therapy or technique is for treating a certain disease

    View in glossary

    A disease or condition that occurs at the same time as another disease or condition

    View in glossary

    A device to deliver compressed air to improve sleep in people with obstructive sleep apnoea6

    View in glossary

    A disease where a waxy substance (plaque) builds up inside the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle7

    View in glossary

    A type of chronic disease that typically worsens over time and is characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for COPD5

    View in glossary

    Refers to the heart, and blood vessels

    View in glossary

    A type of medication that aims to slow the scarring and stiffening of lungs to slow disease progression2

    View in glossary

    Tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the blood takes place

    View in glossary

    A test that shows how well the lungs are working by measuring how much oxygen and carbon dioxide is in the blood. This test requires that a small volume of blood be drawn from the patient3

    View in glossary

    Techniques that involve breathing in a certain way to control breathlessness and strengthen your lungs

    View in glossary

    A procedure in which a bronchoscope (a medical instrument like a tube) is passed through the mouth or nose into the lung and fluid is squirted into a small part of the lung and then collected for examination4

    View in glossary

    A lung condition where the air sacs within the lungs (alveoli) become damaged5

    View in glossary

    Extreme weariness resulting from exertion or illness

    View in glossary

    Of unknown cause

    View in glossary

    Rapid and uncontrolled breathing

    View in glossary

    A disease where there is progressive scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause4

    View in glossary

    The surgical removal of cells or tissue samples from the lung for examination by a pathologist10

    View in glossary

    The lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff

    View in glossary

    A test that uses a type of X-ray that produces multiple, detailed images of areas inside the body4

    View in glossary

    A burning sensation in the chest, which can spread to the throat, along with a sour taste in the mouth

    View in glossary

    Where inflamed tissue is replaced with scar tissue, making it thicken and become stiffer4

    View in glossary

    A symptom where the ends of the fingers become wider and rounder8

    View in glossary

    A digestive disease where stomach acid moves up out of the stomach and irritates the lining of the food pipe (oesophagus)9

    View in glossary

    A physician specializing in the management of diseases of the digestive system

    View in glossary

    An event characterized by sudden, severe worsening of symptoms or an increase in disease severity1

    View in glossary

    Breath in deeply

    To begin, breathe in deeply saying, “10” to yourself

  3. An operation to replace a patient’s diseased lungs with lungs from a donor
    View in glossary

    The worsening of a disease/condition over time

    View in glossary

    A formal documentation when someone else is given the responsibility to manage your affairs and make certain decisions on your behalf

    View in glossary

    Refers to the lungs

    View in glossary

    A group of tests used to check how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they supply oxygen to the rest of the body14

    View in glossary

    A type of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels to the lungs and the right side of the heart15

    View in glossary

    Therapy that provides relief from symptoms to help patients live more comfortably with their disease13

    View in glossary

    Administration of oxygen as a medical intervention11

    View in glossary

    A small plastic tube or prongs that fit in the nostrils to deliver supplementary oxygen11

    View in glossary

    Listening to and playing music as a therapy which aims to ease the symptoms of those living with IPF

    View in glossary

    A sleep disorder characterised by breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during sleep12

    View in glossary

    A specialist who helps someone recover or live with their symptoms more easily

    View in glossary

    A machine that removes other gases from the air to provide oxygen for oxygen therapy11

    View in glossary

    An education and exercise program designed to improve the quality of life for people with lung conditions16

    View in glossary

    A physician specialised in lung problems (also known as a respirologist)

    View in glossary

    A product that gives protection against a specific infection

    View in glossary

    A test used to monitor oxygen levels in a patient’s blood, usually with a non-invasive sensor11

    View in glossary

    A breathing technique to help control breathlessness and reduce anxiety17

    View in glossary

    A disease that affects only a small percentage of the population

    View in glossary

    Something that is associated with an increased risk of disease or infection

    View in glossary

    A technique that helps to reduce stress and anxiety by helping to understand and manage your emotions

    View in glossary

    Therapies used alongside conventional treatments that help treat symptoms and may improve overall physical and mental wellbeing

    View in glossary

    A medical study that investigates how safe and effective a new therapy or technique is for treating a certain disease

    View in glossary

    A disease or condition that occurs at the same time as another disease or condition

    View in glossary

    A device to deliver compressed air to improve sleep in people with obstructive sleep apnoea6

    View in glossary

    A disease where a waxy substance (plaque) builds up inside the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle7

    View in glossary

    A type of chronic disease that typically worsens over time and is characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for COPD5

    View in glossary

    Refers to the heart, and blood vessels

    View in glossary

    A type of medication that aims to slow the scarring and stiffening of lungs to slow disease progression2

    View in glossary

    Tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the blood takes place

    View in glossary

    A test that shows how well the lungs are working by measuring how much oxygen and carbon dioxide is in the blood. This test requires that a small volume of blood be drawn from the patient3

    View in glossary

    Techniques that involve breathing in a certain way to control breathlessness and strengthen your lungs

    View in glossary

    A procedure in which a bronchoscope (a medical instrument like a tube) is passed through the mouth or nose into the lung and fluid is squirted into a small part of the lung and then collected for examination4

    View in glossary

    A lung condition where the air sacs within the lungs (alveoli) become damaged5

    View in glossary

    Extreme weariness resulting from exertion or illness

    View in glossary

    Of unknown cause

    View in glossary

    Rapid and uncontrolled breathing

    View in glossary

    A disease where there is progressive scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause4

    View in glossary

    The surgical removal of cells or tissue samples from the lung for examination by a pathologist10

    View in glossary

    The lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff

    View in glossary

    A test that uses a type of X-ray that produces multiple, detailed images of areas inside the body4

    View in glossary

    A burning sensation in the chest, which can spread to the throat, along with a sour taste in the mouth

    View in glossary

    Where inflamed tissue is replaced with scar tissue, making it thicken and become stiffer4

    View in glossary

    A symptom where the ends of the fingers become wider and rounder8

    View in glossary

    A digestive disease where stomach acid moves up out of the stomach and irritates the lining of the food pipe (oesophagus)9

    View in glossary

    A physician specializing in the management of diseases of the digestive system

    View in glossary

    An event characterized by sudden, severe worsening of symptoms or an increase in disease severity1

    View in glossary

    Breathe out

    Then breathe out slowly

  4. An operation to replace a patient’s diseased lungs with lungs from a donor
    View in glossary

    The worsening of a disease/condition over time

    View in glossary

    A formal documentation when someone else is given the responsibility to manage your affairs and make certain decisions on your behalf

    View in glossary

    Refers to the lungs

    View in glossary

    A group of tests used to check how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they supply oxygen to the rest of the body14

    View in glossary

    A type of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels to the lungs and the right side of the heart15

    View in glossary

    Therapy that provides relief from symptoms to help patients live more comfortably with their disease13

    View in glossary

    Administration of oxygen as a medical intervention11

    View in glossary

    A small plastic tube or prongs that fit in the nostrils to deliver supplementary oxygen11

    View in glossary

    Listening to and playing music as a therapy which aims to ease the symptoms of those living with IPF

    View in glossary

    A sleep disorder characterised by breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during sleep12

    View in glossary

    A specialist who helps someone recover or live with their symptoms more easily

    View in glossary

    A machine that removes other gases from the air to provide oxygen for oxygen therapy11

    View in glossary

    An education and exercise program designed to improve the quality of life for people with lung conditions16

    View in glossary

    A physician specialised in lung problems (also known as a respirologist)

    View in glossary

    A product that gives protection against a specific infection

    View in glossary

    A test used to monitor oxygen levels in a patient’s blood, usually with a non-invasive sensor11

    View in glossary

    A breathing technique to help control breathlessness and reduce anxiety17

    View in glossary

    A disease that affects only a small percentage of the population

    View in glossary

    Something that is associated with an increased risk of disease or infection

    View in glossary

    A technique that helps to reduce stress and anxiety by helping to understand and manage your emotions

    View in glossary

    Therapies used alongside conventional treatments that help treat symptoms and may improve overall physical and mental wellbeing

    View in glossary

    A medical study that investigates how safe and effective a new therapy or technique is for treating a certain disease

    View in glossary

    A disease or condition that occurs at the same time as another disease or condition

    View in glossary

    A device to deliver compressed air to improve sleep in people with obstructive sleep apnoea6

    View in glossary

    A disease where a waxy substance (plaque) builds up inside the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle7

    View in glossary

    A type of chronic disease that typically worsens over time and is characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for COPD5

    View in glossary

    Refers to the heart, and blood vessels

    View in glossary

    A type of medication that aims to slow the scarring and stiffening of lungs to slow disease progression2

    View in glossary

    Tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the blood takes place

    View in glossary

    A test that shows how well the lungs are working by measuring how much oxygen and carbon dioxide is in the blood. This test requires that a small volume of blood be drawn from the patient3

    View in glossary

    Techniques that involve breathing in a certain way to control breathlessness and strengthen your lungs

    View in glossary

    A procedure in which a bronchoscope (a medical instrument like a tube) is passed through the mouth or nose into the lung and fluid is squirted into a small part of the lung and then collected for examination4

    View in glossary

    A lung condition where the air sacs within the lungs (alveoli) become damaged5

    View in glossary

    Extreme weariness resulting from exertion or illness

    View in glossary

    Of unknown cause

    View in glossary

    Rapid and uncontrolled breathing

    View in glossary

    A disease where there is progressive scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause4

    View in glossary

    The surgical removal of cells or tissue samples from the lung for examination by a pathologist10

    View in glossary

    The lung tissue becomes thickened and stiff

    View in glossary

    A test that uses a type of X-ray that produces multiple, detailed images of areas inside the body4

    View in glossary

    A burning sensation in the chest, which can spread to the throat, along with a sour taste in the mouth

    View in glossary

    Where inflamed tissue is replaced with scar tissue, making it thicken and become stiffer4

    View in glossary

    A symptom where the ends of the fingers become wider and rounder8

    View in glossary

    A digestive disease where stomach acid moves up out of the stomach and irritates the lining of the food pipe (oesophagus)9

    View in glossary

    A physician specializing in the management of diseases of the digestive system

    View in glossary

    An event characterized by sudden, severe worsening of symptoms or an increase in disease severity1

    View in glossary

    Count down

    On your next breath, say “9,” and continue counting down to “0“. When you reach “0,“ you should feel more relaxed

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Your mental wellbeing
Looking after your mental wellbeing is just as important as looking after your physical wellbeing
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Breathing exercises
Breathing exercises can help manage shortness of breath and improve control of your breathing

Key Takeaways

  • Stress and worry are common when living with the demands of pulmonary fibrosis

  • Your treatment team can advise you on how to deal with your stress

  • There are techniques to help you relax that are safe and effective

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    Relaxation techniques: Try these steps to reduce stress. Mayo Clinic. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/relaxation-technique/art-20045368/. [Accessed April 2019].

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