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Are deep breathing exercises beneficial to increase lung capacity?

Are deep breathing exercises beneficial to increase lung capacity?

Lung capacity: To some degree, yes. But this is limited to the physical capacity of the lungs. Cardiopulmary function may improve as well. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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How should I breathe on advair? Should i attempt to do deep breathing exercises or train my lungs and body to breathe better? Tension won't release...

How should I breathe on advair? Should i attempt to do deep breathing exercises or train my lungs and body to breathe better? Tension won't release...

Normally: If you are using advair and feel that you are still having obstruction you have a few options. First - do you feel so bad that you are having trouble breathing? In that case, go to the er now. Second, are you just feeling poorly enough that you are a bit below standard? Then, call your asthma doc (allergist or pulmonologist), and get in. Thir, if you are slowly feeling better but still not. ...Read more

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Started doing deep breathing exercises to try help ease anxiety and stress. Chest (or lungs) hurt for a little while after. Is this normal?

Started doing deep breathing exercises to try help ease anxiety and stress. Chest (or lungs) hurt for a little while after. Is this normal?

Don't overbreathe: Normal breathing is relaxed and not too fast. Overbreathing or hyperventilation syndrome may cause chest pains or tenderness, shortness of breath, or wheezing. Meditative breathing (e.g., herbert benson's "relaxation response") is helpful. ...Read more

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Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Chest expansion: Hello ~ your question as written is difficult to understand but if I do, you are asking if your lungs vital capacity will improve with deep breathing and lung exerciser. Yes it will but to a max predetermined by your body size When the chest gets bigger for body builders that is muscle on the outside and not much increase in lung volumes. If that does not answer resubmit question thx ...Read more

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Aside from steam bath and deep breathing exercises, how can I optimize my lung function?

Aside from steam bath and deep breathing exercises, how can I optimize my lung function?

Exercise: Deep breathing exercises and well as aerobic exercise will help you feel better and tune up your lung function. Avoid smoking anything and if allergies are a problem, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Deep breathing causes strange cough. Is it my lungs?

Deep breathing causes strange cough. Is it my lungs?

Cough: No way to tell that for sure. There are many causes of cough to include airway abnormlities/ parenchymal or lung tissue abnormalities/ vascular abnormalities/etc. Recommend seeing your doctor! ...Read more

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1/2 year ago sudden extreme pain right side of lung near sternum big as marble, since then pain after smoking, bending over,deep breathing. Dry cough?

1/2 year ago sudden extreme pain right side of lung near sternum big as marble, since then pain after smoking, bending over,deep breathing. Dry cough?

Quit smoking: 1st - Do everything you can to stop smoking - the doctors will be impressed that you do. Set up an appt for an exam. It's been long enough to suffer - find out what is wrong and treat it. I hope it goes well - you've a lot of life to live - be healthy! ...Read more

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When harvesting the IMA during a CABG how is the lung/pleura manipulated to necessitate the need for a chest tube? why is coughing and deep breathing so important post op?

When harvesting the IMA during a CABG how is the lung/pleura manipulated to necessitate the need for a chest tube? why is coughing and deep breathing so important post op?

Bypass: The lungs are not being inflated during this part of the bypass the patient is on a machine that circulates the blood and oxygenates it as well. The reason for deep breathing post op is to reexpand the lungs and open alvoli that are shut it also gets out sputum that otherwise could become infected ...Read more

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I had a pulmonary embolism in march 2012 and was intubated in icu...I continue to have tightness in my lungs upon deep breathing and pain in my back.

I had a pulmonary embolism in march 2012 and was intubated in icu...I continue to have tightness in my lungs upon deep breathing and pain in my back.

See a physician: After 1 year scar tissue may have developed or the original disease process needs t o be checked. See your physician and they probably will order a followup chest xray. ...Read more

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Exercise (Definition)

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