health/helios.jpgWhether its severe asthma, emphysema, recent surgery or obesity, many people have trouble breathing. In fact, more than a million Americans require supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And that often means needing a big, awkward oxygen tank the size of a golf bag that forces patients to be shut-ins at home - ending any thought of an active lifestyle.


But new technology has developed a three-and-a-half pound oxygen system the size of a small backpack to replace the large tank. The HELiOS Personal Oxygen System carries about ten hours of oxygen before needing a refill from a large reservoir tank back home.

The system allows patients to mow their lawn, play golf or even keep up with a middle school track team. And that's good news for patients since an active lifestyle combined with supplemental oxygen can improve their quality of life and increase their life expectancy.

Sixteen million Americans suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulminary Disease - the most common forms of which are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Today, more than a million of these patients - as well as some with asthma or congestive heart failure, require constant supplemental oxygen such as provided by the HELiOS system. In ten years, experts expect this number to more than double.

The HELiOS home reservoir holds up to a six-week supply of liquid oxygen. The portable unit uses a built-in conserving device so more oxygen is delivered when a patient inhales. And since the system uses liquid oxygen, it never requires electricity or batteries to operate, meaning no increase in electric bills. The HELiOS system is recommended for active oxygen therapy users who can use a conserving device. Patients can contact their local home care provider and physician for more information. Or visit

News Source: Newstream