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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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