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Dr. William Singer
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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Depends on cause: Lungs can be re-inflated & assisted ventilation can be withdrawn with recovery.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. William Singer
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 affects someone's work of breathing (WOB) level?

What affects someone's work of breathing (WOB) level?

Many things: Exercise Underlying illnesses Acute illness, such as sepsis or Asthma or COPD flares ...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

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Please tell me what can this be breathing difficulties..?

Please tell me what can this be breathing difficulties..?

Please provide: more specific details of your symptoms, the question is too vague and nonspecific to be answerable. However, if you are experiencing acute breathing difficulties, you should seek medical attention ASAP. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have breathing diffulty after masrerbation?

Is it normal to have breathing diffulty after masrerbation?

Depends on kind: Normally during sexual arousal the mucous membranes of the nose and sinuses become engorged causing the "heavy breathing" associated with sex. Thus heavy breathing is common after masturbation. However, you should not have real problems breathing. Those could indicate a physical problem, an anxiety state, or rarely sexually induced asthma. ...Read more

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What causes the thrat to constrict and shut off breathing a bit?

What causes the thrat to constrict and shut off breathing a bit?

Allergic?: Sudden allergic responses can cause your throat to swell and shut off breathing -- if this goes untreated and progresses to full closure, you will die. If this is happening right now, you need immediate medical attention. If this has happened in the past & you've recovered, you need to find out what food, etc you're allergic to & avoid it. See your doctor to work on this. ...Read more

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Having difficult breathing ?

Inadequate info.: This could be a serious problem. Really need more specifics about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Pain in the bach when I breathing?

Pain in the bach when I breathing?

Lung issues: If you have lung problems, it can cause this problem. Please talk to your doctor soon about it. ...Read more

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What's intercostal breathing like?

Breathing Pattern: One is not aware of noraml quite breathing. During breathing difficulty (multiple reasons) accessory muscles are active in controling brathing. Intercostal muscles are one of them. ...Read more

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What could cause shallow breathing?

What could cause shallow breathing?

Shallow breathing: Problems in the brain. Great wikipedia question as control of respiration cannot be told in 400 spaces. Or we can chat and figure out exactly what your problem is. ...Read more

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I have issues breathing can't sleep?

I have issues breathing can't sleep?

Get it checked out: Very serious. Get it checked out. Breathing problems can cause sleep problem and sleep problems can cause breathing problems. Lots of specialists in florida. Treating is important since problems with oxygen can go on to cause very serious complications. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am having anxiety about breathing ?

I am having anxiety about breathing ?

Need a little more: info. There are 33 symptoms of anxiety and this is just one. Here's a link to explore this in more depth: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...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