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March 15th 2017

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Here at Legacy we have an extensive team of knowledgeable full-time respiratory therapists, technicians, and customer service staff who provide quality respiratory equipment and support therapy.

Unlike some companies, Legacy has Full-Time Respiratory Therapists that are always available to provide education and support. Not only do you receive personalized care from our full-time staff, but you receive durable, quality products as well. Our professional staff works with both the customer and the medical professionals to determine the best system for their lifestyle.

  • Full-Time Licensed Respiratory Therapists
  • Service Technicians for product maintenance
  • Respiratory accessories & supplies
  • Always available for requests or concerns
  • Quality products & service
  • Worry-free billing

Click here to meet our dedicated team.

Our Service Technicians are on-call 24-7 for any product maintenance! With our multiple locations, toll free numbers, e-mail, and online contact form; our customers’ needs are our top priority.

February 15th 2017

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There is a lot of interesting COPD research happening these days and we wanted to share one of those studies with you.

According to the www.copdfoundation.org, the COPDGene Study is one of largest studies ever funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Their goal is to find any inherited or generic factors that make some people more likely to develop COPD in their lifetime. The study is also wanting to better classify and understand the disease and how it differs person to person.

According to www.copdfoundation.org, the COPDGene Study is finding the other genes that cause a susceptibility to developing the disease, and this groundbreaking study has the potential of changing how we know and treat COPD.

The COPDGene Study is now in its “second phase” after 5 years of research. To read the full article and learn more about this study, reference www.copdfoundation.org.

Source and image courtesy of www.copdfoundation.org.

January 11th 2017

At Legacy we want to bring you the latest news related to your health and wellness. Below is an overview of a recent article, written by Darrel Drobnich, President, American Sleep Apnea Association. This article is a great read with helpful information for both sleep professionals, patients, and advocates.

Sleep-related problems in our 24/7 lifestyle is a problem. Sleep-related problems are estimated to affect 50 to 70 million Americans. This includes all ages and socioeconomic classes, both men and women.

Even with these kind of stats, the overwhelming majority of sufferers are undiagnosed and untreated. As Darrel Drobnich points out, this can “create unnecessary public health and safety problems, as well as increased health care expenses.”

We know sleep in vital to our productivity and well-being, yet studies continue to show that millions of Americans are still at risk for serious safety and health consequences of untreated sleep disorders and lack of adequate sleep.

One of the most serious sleep issues is obstructive sleep apnea, a prevalent chronic sleep and breathing disorder characterized by repeated stops or near stops of breathing during sleep due to collapse of the tissues in the airway. A breathing episodes can last 10 seconds or more. This causes a disruption in sleep and oxygen depletion. According to Drobnich, OSA affects 17% of adults and over 25% of older adults, with rates increasing in association with the obesity epidemic.

Sleep apnea requires immediate and ongoing therapy because it lowers blood-oxygen levels and disrupts sleep, and is associated with some of America’s other most pressing health problems including hypertension, heart disease, stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, and early mortality and results in an increase of depression, anxiety, cognitive issues, erectile dysfunction, irritability, daytime sleepiness and motor vehicle crashes.

If you or someone you know may have a sleep problem like sleep apnea, ask your physician to refer you to a sleep lab or clinic where you will participate in a sleep study. Be persistent in helping your primary care physician understand your concerns in order to gain proper referrals.

Reference the full article on peopleforqualitycare.org to learn about risk factors and signs & symptoms of sleep apnea.


November 1st 2016

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November is COPD Awareness Month! Therefore, we want to join the cause to spread the work and make a difference in the lives of those living with COPD, caregivers, advocates, and health professionals.

The www.copdfoundation.org provides valuable resources and information on helping define what COPD is and share the signs & symptoms in order to promote awareness. We have shared a portion of that information below:

What is COPD?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases, encompassing emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, and severe bronchiectasis. The disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.

Symptoms of COPD?

Symptoms include breathlessness, chronic coughing, and wheezing. Many people mistake their increased breathlessness and coughing as a normal part of aging.

Did you Know…

• The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute estimates that 15 million adults have COPD and another 12 million are undiagnosed or developing COPD.

• COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—twelve years earlier than predicted.

• COPD kills more women than men each year. In 2006, COPD killed more American women than breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

• Every four minutes an individual dies of COPD.

• COPD cost the U.S. government approximately $42.6 billion in both direct and indirect expenses in 2007. A majority of those expenses are due to hospitalizations, which can be prevented with better diagnosis and management practices.

• The WHO estimates that more than 300 million individuals worldwide have COPD and total deaths are expected to increase more than thirty percent in the next ten years.

• Smoking is not the only cause of COPD; second-hand smoke, occupational dust and chemicals, air pollution and genetic factors also cause this disease.

• COPD is relatively easy to diagnose using a spirometry machine, where the patient exhales as much as possible into a tube.

• There’s no cure yet for COPD but treatments are available to help individuals live with their COPD.

Reference www.copdfoundation.org for more information and resources.

Information courtesy of www.copdfoundation.org.
Image courtesy of www.copdfoundation.org.

October 22nd 2016

A recent article by www.copdfoundation.org, discusses how oxygen therapy can help those suffering with COPD.

As you know, our lungs work by bringing in the so called good air and getting rid of the bad air. We breathe in oxygen (O2) where then passes into your blood through tiny air sacs called (alveoli) in the lungs. From the alveoli, oxygen gets moved to every part of your body. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is made when your muscles and tissues use oxygen (O2).

It’s vital that we get rid of this CO2 by breathing it out. Some types of COPD (not all) make it problematic to get enough oxygen into the blood and get rid of the carbon dioxide.

If you do have the type that causes this issue, then oxygen therapy can help prevent the bad effects that happen when blood oxygen levels drop.

According to COPD foundation, “It will help you think and remember better. And it will help you sleep better. Oxygen therapy CAN make a big difference in how you feel.”

Oxygen therapy must be prescribed by your doctor or primary care physician. Talk with you doctor about introducing this therapy into you treatment plan.

Reference www.copdfoundation.org for more information.

September 30th 2016

This story was shared on peopleforqualitycare.com and our team at Legacy wanted to share it with you. This story showcases, Jueldia Smith, a senior who struggles to find a home medical equipment within 200 miles.

At Legacy, we are passionate about being able to provide care to those in the communities we serve (Paducah, KY Murray, KY and Paris, TN). It is upsetting to realize many do not have people have to wait 2 weeks for equipment since there is no one to service their needs. It is these stories that fuel our passion to serve and continue to grow to reach those unserved.

According to peopleforqualitycare.com, Medicare cut funding for home medical equipment by upwards of 50-80 percent. The funding cut, implemented on July 1, has sent a shockwave across the country, severely impacting people with disabilities and chronic conditions who rely on home medical equipment.

Read Jueldia Smith full story at peopleforqualitycare.com.

August 20th 2016

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Everyone seems talks about sleep, how much, what times are best, and what happens when your asleep. Since sleep is vital to your health and well-being, we wanted to share an excerpt from an article from www.sleepassociation.org that helps put the myths to rest and tells you the facts of sleep once and for all.

During sleep, your brain rests. F

Most people think of sleep as a passive, dormant part of our daily lives. Wakefulness contains only a single brain wave. To be physically, psychologically, and emotionally at your best, you have to experience 5 different types of brain waves every night during sleep. The sleeping brain regulates endocrine, immune, and hormonal functions essential for healthy living. It is also a critical period for memory consolidation.

Sleeping longer makes you gain weight. F

By adding one extra hour of sleep every night, you can lose up to 1 lb. per week. Sleep deprivation causes leptin levels to decrease and ghrelin levels to increase leaving you craving for sugars and junk food. Contrary to popular belief, staying asleep in bed actually helps you lose weight.

You can condition yourself to need less sleep. F

You can condition yourself to wake up after just a few hours of sleep, but it does not change your need for adequate sleep. Your sleep requirement is hard-wired! Determine the amount of sleep that will permit you to be energetic and alert all day long. You must condition yourself so that the hours in bed correspond to the sleeping phase of your circadian rhythm and the hours out of bed correspond to the waking phase. Therefore, establish a regular sleep/wake schedule Monday through Monday, including the weekends.

A boring meeting, warm room, or low dose of alcohol makes you sleepy. F

A boring meeting, warm room, or low dose of alcohol will make you sleepy only if you are sleep deprived. These factors simply unmask the sleepiness that is already in your body. If you are not sleep deprived, you maybe restless and fidgety, but not sleepy.

Snoring is not harmful as long as it doesn’t disturb others or wake you up. F

If left untreated, heavy snoring can lead to a higher risk of hypertension (heart attacks and strokes). Heavy snoring with repetitive pauses in your breathing followed by a gasping for air is indicative of sleep apnea. This life threatening breathing disorder is commonly treated non-surgically by wearing a mask at night that delivers continuous, positive airway pressure through the nasal cavity to keep the airway open. Without the mask these individuals may stop breathing up to 600 times a night and must wake up for a microsecond each time to resume normal breathing.

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All of us dream every night, although many do not remember having done so. Most dreams occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep that occurs every 90 minutes. If you sleep for 8 hours, approximately 2 hours will be spent dreaming.

The older you get; the fewer hours of sleep you need. F

As you age the ability to maintain sleep becomes more difficult. This is due to hardening of the arteries or the result of taking medications for rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, or Type II diabetes that may interfere with sleep. We need almost as much sleep in our senior years as we needed when we were of middle age.

Most people are poor judges of how sleepy they are. T

The majority of sleepers overestimate the amount they actually have slept by about 47 minutes.

Raising the volume of your radio, air conditioning or drinking coffee will help
you stay awake while driving. F

None of these “remedies” will help prevent drowsiness or falling asleep at the wheel for a person who is sleep deprived. Drowsiness is red alert, get off the road and take a 20-minute power nap in a safe area. At best you will have another 30 minutes of driving.

Sleep disorders are mainly due to worry or psychological problems. F

There are 89 known sleep disorders whose causes range from neurological issues to biochemical imbalance and physiological problems. Examples are sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, nocturnal myoclonus, enuresis, sleepwalking, sleep talking, and REM sleep behavior.

Most sleep disorders eventually go away even without treatment. F

Sleep disturbances that last for more than 3 weeks typically require professional treatment, ranging from learning good sleep hygiene practices to pharmacological agents and psychotherapy.

Men need more sleep than women. F

Women tend to need more sleep than men, especially during premenstrual, pregnancy, and premenopausal stages. Women sleep lighter than men and are more susceptible to bouts of insomnia.

….read more Sleep myths at www.sleepassociation.org.
Author: Dr. James Maas, PhD

July 10th 2016

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Many people wonder about how exercise and sleep affect each other. This recent article from www.sleepassociation.org explores this topic and shares some surprising benefits the two share. It was written by Kristina Diaz who is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and a health and wellness enthusiast and writer.

Not only can exercise actually help you sleep better and feel more energized, there is also a time of day that is best to move those muscles. Right before bed is not one of them. It actually gets your heart and muscles stimulated, making it more difficult to fall asleep.

Studies also show scheduling a regular exercise routine is best. According to the article, regular exercise a few times a week can reduce the time it takes to fall asleep as well as increase the amount of time you sleep. Exercise seems like a much healthier option than anything you can get in pill form, and it’s free.

Read the full article at www.sleepassociation.org to learn more about how to setup an exercise routine and more benefits and tactics for improving sleep.

April 12th 2016

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Since many of our customers ask about traveling with their equipment, we wanted to share a helpful article from www.resmed.com. While specifics depend on the type of equipment you have, traveling with your therapy equipment has never been easier.

Designed to be lightweight and highly portable, most ResMed’s therapy devices and masks will prove to be an easy travel companion. Due to their universal power supply, most ResMed devices can be used all over the world, in the great outdoors and even on an airplane.

Read full article on www.resmed.com or talk with one of our health professionals about traveling with your equipment.

Article and image courtesy of www.resmed.com.

August 17th 2015

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A good night’s sleep is what we are all after. According to a recent article on www.resmed.com, getting a good night’s sleep requires more than just going to bed on time.

They have provided these four sleep tips to give yourself the best chance of getting consistent, quality sleep each night. If you continue to feel like you’re doing everything you can to get a good night’s sleep but no longer have the energy to do the things you love, there might be a deeper issue. Sleep apnea affects more than 1 in 3 men and 1 in 6 women between age 30­–70, with most people being undiagnosed.

Talk to your doctor or primary care physician and ask about a sleep apnea test.

1) Allocate enough time for sleep. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise, so it’s important to allocate the right amount of time in your day for sleep and plan the rest of your schedule accordingly. Getting a good night’s sleep means 7–8 hours each night for adults (including older adults), 9–10 hours for teens, at least 10 hours for school-aged children and 11–12 hours for preschool-aged children.

2) Create consistent sleep habits. As creatures of habit, we’re usually more successful when following a routine. Sleep is no different. From your pre-sleep ritual to going to bed and waking up at the same time, you’ll find that consistency makes it easier to fall asleep each night.

3) Create a comfortable sleep environment. Make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet and comfortable – especially your bed. It may take some experimenting and an investment on your part, but finding an ultra-comfortable bed and pillow is invaluable. We spend one-third of our lives in bed, making it the one area of your life you don’t want to compromise on comfort.

4) Turn it off before bed. Whether it’s television, reading, email or texting, give yourself a nice window of time to unplug and relax before bedtime. Your body should associate your bed with sleep and these activities ramp up your brain activity rather than relaxing it. Television and bright light can also suppress melatonin production – making it difficult to fall asleep.

Reference full article and image, courtesy of www.resmed.com.