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Copd And High Altitude
Prognosis for untreated stage 3b non small cell lung cancer with low oxygen sats, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and emphysema.
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
How could you manage pulmonary hypertension, fatty liver, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure?
One common theme: Your physician can manage your medication, but all four of these will benefit at least some from aerobic conditioning, as much as possible. Especially, unexplained pulmonary hypertension at your age requires a diligent search for a cause and if it's truly primary, try to get into a medication study. Stay proactive. If you are taking any supplements with pulmonary hypertnesion, let your Dr. know. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: ARDS is a lung disorder that can occur as a result of infection, inflammation . It causes the lung to get small and inflamed and filled with fluid. Fever is common in ARDS as well as high respiratory rate. Severe cases require mechnical ventilation at low tidal volumes and high oxygen and peep as well as treatment of the underlying cause. Steroids not helpful initially. ...Read more
COPD -Hematocrit: COPD typically either leaves hematocrit normal or increases it due to the severity of COPD causing low oxygen over the long run, making the red blood cells multiply to compensate for that. A low hematocrit is something seen either in several diagnoses of anemia or with old age along with other geriatric "disturbances". ...Read more
Pft shows high dlco and frc, normal volumes, mild obstructive ventilatory defect, increased capillary blood volumes, in context of ctd and cryofibrinogenemia (no asthma or smoking), what can be cause?
Unrelated: Ctd is usually associated with a diffusion problem in the lung but your showed above normal dlco. The study also showed mild airway obstruction which, along with the elevated dlco and FRC may well be from asthma. I am not away of any cryofibrinogenemia link to your lung function findings. See an allergist or pulmonologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Actually, since you're at high altitude the low pressures cause you to breathe faster to get enough oxygen and therefore you're blowing off co2 at a faster rate which results in a respiratory alkalosis. This can be prevented by a medication called Diamox (acetazolamide) and also controlling how high you ascend in a day. ...Read more
Normal: Usually cough is a reflex to clear the airway of mucus and shouldn't affect oxygen level. The oxygen level in a person's blood depends on hemoglobin (to carry oxygen) and interface between alveoli (air sacs) and blood vessels in the lungs. If air sacs in the lungs are damaged (emphysema from smoking) or their is fluid, mucus, pus in the alveoli, then oxygen can't pass, oxygen level goes down. ...Read more
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Diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, constant dry cough and dysnea, high pulmonary blood pressure, but my lung function tests are normal. Why?
Something else: Your symptom maybe due to another condition other than a lung condition. The elevated pressure in the pulmonary circulation in a young female suggest a condition called idiopathic pulmonary hypertension.a condition with no known cause. However a thorough clinical evaluation is required before this diagnosis is made. Need to consult a pulmonologist and/or cardiologist ...Read more
Does high severity in ra, 17 joints inflamd high serum rf and ccp, no remission and chronic anemia despite high therapy, lead to morbidity n mortality?
Help needed: It is common for heart rate to increase when blood pressure falls. This combination can have a variety of causes. It may rise from dehydration (from protracted vomiting and diarrhea); low blood volume (internal bleeding), or adrenal hormone deficiency. Fatigue may result from the low blood pressure. ...Read more
What can happen with untreated high hematocrit, red blood cell counts, and blood calcium levels? I do live at high altitude in SLC, Utah.
Nothing for high HCT: Your hematocrit is high due to living on high altititude which may be normal physiological reaction to O2 level being low.But we do not know how high it is to comment High Calcium level needs to be further investigated as it may be due Primary Hyperparathyroidism or Secondary Hyperparathyroidism You need to have blood level of Calcium,Parathyroid Hormone Level,25 Hydroxy VitD level as well Consult ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your ...Read more
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