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I'm not overweight. But I breathe heavily. Is something wrong with my lungs?

I'm not overweight. But I breathe heavily. Is something wrong with my lungs?

Or your heart: Breathing heavily may be a sign of lung disease, but can also be a sign of heart disease, and need to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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My husbands oxygen level came at 93% he is overweight and feels shortness of breath on exertion. He has no lung desease.feels headache most of the tim?

My husbands oxygen level came at 93% he is overweight and feels shortness of breath on exertion. He has no lung desease.feels headache most of the tim?

Obstruct SLEEP APNEA: He appears to have obstructive sleep apnea. This is where the airway is blocked when he sleeps. This leads to decreased oxygen in the blood and the tissues and a rise in CO2 which causes headache and in the long term early dementia, difficulty losing weight, and elevated blood pressure. It can also lead to heart disease. This is a serious condition. Needs sleep study and see lung MD. ...Read more

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I get winded easily. But I'm not over weight. Actually almost under weight. Is something wrong with my lungs?

I get winded easily. But I'm not over weight. Actually almost under weight. Is something wrong with my lungs?

Mgt: There are many causes of being short of breath. I would suggest a cardio-pulmonary work up. Do you have any other symptoms, including cough, rash, swelling? Have you had chest imaging, pulmonary function testing? A virtual inbox consultation can help in the evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you cure lung disease if u stop smoking ? I'm 41 over weight and been tested for lung disease due to lungs blocked. Dr think it's weight issue.

Can you cure lung disease if u stop smoking ? I'm 41 over weight and been tested for lung disease due to lungs blocked.  Dr think it's weight issue.

Life style changes!: Some damage to lungs will be reversed - some might not fully resolve but no matter what - It's a good idea to arrest any damage, fix some and prevent other problems. So do make serious efforts to stop now! Also - the same goes for maintaining a healthy weight. You need not look like a model - but having a healthy BMI will help your whole body too. Change is hard, but it can be satisfying and good! ...Read more

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I have asthma, I'm over weight and smoke. Doctors are telling me I have my lungs blocked due to either over weight or lung disease.if I stop smoking?

I have asthma, I'm over weight and smoke. Doctors are telling me I have my lungs blocked  due to either over weight or lung disease.if I stop smoking?

Mgt: It is very important to stop smoking especially with your medical history. The local chapters of the American Lung Association have several resources to help you, ...Read more

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What are some causes for healthy 35 male to have blood clots in legs and lungs? Non smoker, not over weight, no recent travel, and neg for factor v.

What are some causes for healthy 35 male to have blood clots in legs and lungs? Non smoker, not over weight, no recent travel, and neg for factor v.

Hypercoagulable stat: Get checked for other hypercoagulable states like protien c & s, antiphospholipid antibody, prothrombin gene mutation, antithrombin3, homocysteine etc. Older pts we recommend to screen for cancers also. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could i tell if i don't have black lung?

Can you tell me how could i tell if i don't have black lung?

CXR, PFTs: Cxr would show deposition of coal and might show some calcifications and pfts could reveal restrictive lung disease. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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Sir my p f t pre post test my lung is working 57% it can be cure my medicine?

Sir my p f t pre post test my lung is working 57% it can be cure my medicine?

Mgt: There are many possible conditions which may be associated. It would be helpful to view the FEV1, FVC and FEF 25/75 pre and post a bronchodilator. If you improve with Albuterol, this inhaler along with other medications may be used.. Avoiding smoke, dust, mold, birds and pets may also help. ...Read more

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What can it be i sometimes cough, and sometimes can't get enough air in my lungs?

What can it be i sometimes cough, and sometimes can't get enough air in my lungs?

Inspire vs expire: Coughing and shortness of breath are common symptoms for asthma. Difficulty breathing on expiration is typical of asthma, while difficulty breathing on inspiration can be suggestive of vocal cord dysfunction. This is when the vocal cords close instead of open when taking a breath. It can occur with asthma or not with asthma. A pulmonologist, allergist or ENT can assist with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm a little overweight and I'm trying to get pregnant, why can't I?

What to do if I'm a little overweight and I'm trying to get pregnant, why can't I?

Why can't you what?: Lose weight? Get pregnant? See that you are 39 years old. As we age - getting pregnant may not be as simple. If you are just mildly overweight - then this might not be major factor for you. If you have been unsuccessful over at least a 6 months period (due to your age)to become pregnant - consider consulting with a fertility specialist. Take care. ...Read more

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