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Can I donate my lungs if I was ever a smoker?

Can I donate my lungs if I was ever a smoker?

In genreal no...but.: In general no. But it would depend on how much smoking was done, and the actual condition of the lungs at the time of death. For example, if you smoked 1/2 a pack a day for six months 30 years ago and stopped, that would be very different from a 2 pack a day smoker for 30 continuous years. ...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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Can a smoker be the recipient of a lung donation?

Can a smoker be the recipient of a lung donation?

Lung transplant: I would think only if the smoker had stopped smoking and will continue to stay away from cigarettes afterwards. This is a very hard habit to break but there are many new techniques and centers that can help patients achieve this important goal. It is life saving! ...Read more

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Is it possible to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient if you are a smoker?

Is it possible to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient if you are a smoker?

Depends: If you are a heavy smoker with significant emphysema you may have reduced your pulmonary reserve to the point that you would have a tough time getting by on one lung, ditto the recipient. You would need to have a full pulmonary function evaluation to find out. ...Read more

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Would it be possible for someone to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient when you are a smoker?

Depends: If your pulmonary function tests show both lungs to have adequate capacity and no significant emphysema then it could be possible. Bear in mind that you both have to be able to live relatively normal lives on the single remaining lung. Both you and the recipient should avoid being in the same room with a cigarette! ...Read more

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How much could your lungs heal themselves after being a smoker?

How much could your lungs heal themselves after being a smoker?

Depends: It really depends on how much lung damage you have and how long you smoked. It could take up to 10 years although you may start feeling improvement in your breathing in first year of quitting smoking. ...Read more

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I am a smoker and my lungs hurt is this something to worry about?

I am a smoker and my lungs hurt is this something to worry about?

See doctor: You are flirting with your life. See a doctor to see why your lungs hurt and to get you on a nicotine cessation program. ...Read more

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How to compare the condition of the lungs from a smoker and from a non smoker?

How to compare the condition of the lungs from a smoker and from a non smoker?

Blow cigarette smoke: Through a tissue and you will have some idea. That yellow color ultimately becomes darker, brown and then black, and your lungs are filled with it. Healthy lungs are pink, and even non-smokers get a few dark spots here and there from air pollution, but smokers have very dark and even blackened lungs. More importantly, the airways and air sacs are damaged and don't work to give us enough oxygen. ...Read more

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Im a smoker and sometimes get this pinch in my lungs so can you let me know what it is and any cures?

Im a smoker and sometimes get this pinch in my lungs so can you let me know what it is and any cures?

Stop smoking: Easier said than done for many people, but there is nothing good about smoking and a lot of bad. Trying self-help programs, hypnosis, over-the-counter medications or prescription medications can help. You should see a doctor to find out what the 'pinch' is from and to get some help with quitting. Good luck. ...Read more

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Was a chronic smoker a while ago but did i smoke enough to do irreversible damage to my lungs or height?

Glad you quit: Quitting smoking goes a long way to improving damage done and prevents further damage. To get a better idea of you lung health, you may check with your doctor about getting lung function test and xrays if they feel is needed. ...Read more