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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Assisted Breathing (Overview)

Assisted Breathing, or a ventilator, is used to help people who cannot breathe consistently on their own, usually because of injury or sedation.


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What's the outlook for a 16 yr old girl with 2 collapsed lungs, now has assisted breathing via machine?

What's the outlook for a 16  yr old girl with 2 collapsed lungs, now has assisted breathing via machine?

Depends on cause: Lungs can be re-inflated & assisted ventilation can be withdrawn with recovery. The underlying cause of the incident is more important. Car crash: other injuries, brain trauma, period with poor oxygen to organs & brain. Asthma, cystic fibrosis, other lung disease. The human system can come back from major injuries as long as pre-injury health was good. Sickly people do worse. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
4 doctors shared insights

Assisted Breathing (Overview)

Assisted Breathing, or a ventilator, is used to help people who cannot breathe consistently on their own, usually because of injury or sedation.


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My mum is in end stage heart disease. The drs have put a tube down her thoat for self assisted breathing.?

My mum is in end stage heart disease.  The drs have put a tube down her thoat for self assisted breathing.?

Talk to her docs: End-stage heart disease commonly refers to having a very weak heart or very bad arteries, could also mean meds are no longer working, symptoms are uncontrollable, and prognosis is poor (time is short). In this situation utilizing life support might help as a bridge to possible surgery, etc., otherwise uncertain as to benefit as may only prolong dying process. Talk to her doctors about her wishes. ...Read more

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Why would a mechanical ventilator be needed to assist breathing?

Respiratory failure: Is treated by supporting ventilation temprarily with a ventilator, while the uderlying cause is treated. ...Read more

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Will rhythmic breathing exercises everyday for 15-20 minutes help me with increasing my lungs capacity/size? To further assist me with my daily running?

Will rhythmic breathing exercises everyday for 15-20 minutes help me with increasing my lungs capacity/size?  To further assist me with my daily running?

No science here: Lung capacity / size increases some in marathon runners because of the extra extreme exertion changing the chest wall shape. There's no magic in rhythmic breathing -- i've seen only pseudoscience here. Unless you have asthma, it's your heart and not your lungs that limits your running capacity. Did you ever hear of real olympic or pro-team coaches incorporating this stuff? ...Read more

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How to cure breathing problem ?

How to cure breathing problem ?

Vague Question: Please be more more specific about the breathing problem as you have not provided enough information, thanks. ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm breathing properly?

Breathing: If the air gets easy in your lungs and you done feel short of breath, means you are breathing normally. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: breathing?

Oxygen in; CO2 out: 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 contract we expel co2. ...Read more

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What could be causing my breathing trouble around cats?

Allergy to cat : Cat allergy in humans is an allergic reaction to one or more of the five known allergens produced by cats. Five cat allergens have been described in medical literature. The two major allergens are fel d 1 (a secretoglobin) and fel d 4 (a lipocalin). The minor allergens include fel d 2 (an albumin), fel d 3 (a cystatin), and cat iga. ...Read more

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