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what is alveolar ventilation (va)?

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Air flow: The amount of air that the lungs receive each minute is called minute ventilation. The proportion that reaches the alveoli is called alveolar ventilation.
Dr. David Dang
Radiology 14 years experience
Gas exchange in lung: Your lungs are made of a few hundred thousands of alveoli. These are the ventilation units in the lungs. When you inhale, air enters the lung and the gas exchange process occurs at the alveoli, where oxygen is taken up and carbon dioxide is released in the exhaled gas. Hope this help.

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