By Anita Finley, Gerontologist

People wait until they can relax and enjoy their retirement years, play golf, tennis, visit with their grandchildren and plan vacations. But there is a kink in their plans if they have any type of lung disease.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known to many as COPD, unless watched carefully by a pulmonologist, can cause very serious life-threatening results can occur. A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in the respiratory system. From the windpipe to the lungs, if your complaint involves the lungs or any part of the respiratory system, a pulmonologist is the doc you want to go to for an examination and care.

If you are having breathing problems, unless treated in early stages, the damage can be devastating and painful. In a new book by Meilan Han, MD, Breathing Lessons, a Doctor’s Guide to Lung Health, she states that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death worldwide and yet it continues to be under the public’s radar.

People who suffer with Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common conditions that make up COPD. Damage to the lungs from COPD can’t be reversed. These and other lung diseases block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, or a chronic cough.

As with other diseases, keeping a watchful eye on medical advice and restorative treatment often falls short of what patients do. Often, things get in the way of responsibly watching out properly… BUT, if you have pulmonary disease, there is a revolutionary way for your doctor to monitor your progress and see early changes in your lung health with the help of respiratory professionals. I just learned about this fascinating new technology. You must learn about it and tell your doctor about the Spire Health Tags that are placed on your clothing to keep a watchful eye on your breathing and much more that can all affect your lungs.

Here’s how remote monitoring works: Spire Health offers remote monitoring for their patients with respiratory conditions. This program allows Spire to better understand your health and to help reduce risk of hospitalization. So how do the Health Tags work? Their program includes small sensors that attach to your clothing and observe your daily health. The small tags are very easy to place on the inside of your clothing and stay for up to one year. Best part—once they attach to your clothing you don’t have to do anything else! Just wear your clothing and your data will be shared directly to your medical team!

These tags allow Spire Health to keep an eye on your health seven days a week. If they see changes in your breathing, they will call you and let you know if you should see your doctor and help you to get an appointment ASAP. And you will get monthly calls from one of Spire’s qualified clinical team members.

As an asthmatic, I am more than slightly interested, I am totally enthused to know about the Spire Health Tags. Its remote monitoring will give me and my doctor peace of mind and watch out for any other medical problems. Please review their advertising and call them to learn more. It might save your life!

Go to and look at their videos or call (561) 412-1731 for more information.