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Could I need cpap if I have pulmonary edema?

Could I need cpap if I have pulmonary edema?

Yes: Pulmonary edema caused by congestive heart failure gets better quicker with cpap. In other cases it is used to minimize the need for life support with a breathing tube. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Fluid In The Lungs (Definition)

Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate(thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative(heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling(thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need ...Read more


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If I feel fatigued could I possibly have pulmonary embolism?

If I feel fatigued could I possibly have pulmonary embolism?

Poss. but unlikely: The symptoms of fatigue can have many possible causes and most of these potential causes are more common than a pulmonary embolism (pe) being the cause. A pe usually causes sudden and severe shortness of breath, or death. More likely causes of fatigue include poor sleep, thyroid disorders, anemia, blood sugar issues, stress, anxiety, depression, infections, etc. Follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have CHF and I have bad allergies. If my sinuses drain bad can this cause me to have CHF again? I didn't know if this would cause a problem or not.

I have CHF and I have bad allergies. If my sinuses drain bad can this cause me to have CHF again? I didn't know if this would cause a problem or not.

Likely no/depends,,: If I take CHF to mean Congestive Heart Failure, then it's likely not to result from non-draining sinuses from allergy as it's not related. If anything, the heart failure might cause fluid in the lungs and mouth, and difficulty breathing, but not if it isn't advanced or badly managed. Sinuses can be congested by the bad allergies themselves and that's likely why they don't drain. ...Read more

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What should if i might have an air embolism?

What should if i might have an air embolism?

Be careful: Air embolisms are an acute condition and requires a direct connection to the blood stream. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pulmonary embolism hypocapnia and hypoxia?

?: An odd question. Either you're in the hospital, very ill, and not the author of this question, or you're asking out of curiosity? That combination is what one may see in someone who is about to die of a pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have borderline pulmonary hypertension. What can I do to avoid getting worse?

My doctor says I have borderline pulmonary hypertension. What can I do to avoid getting worse?

Depends on type: There are 5 categories of pulmonary hypertension. The most common is related to heart disease. Depending on your category the recommendation can be very different. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pulmonary embolism and anxiety?

What to do if I have pulmonary embolism and anxiety?

Pulmonary embolism: Get your PE treated appropriately and discuss the diagnosis and treatment with the doctor treating you. If you still have anxiety discuss it and the particular anxieties you have with your doctor who knows you. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if i were to get a lung transplant, would i still have asthma?

Could you tell me if i were to get a lung transplant, would i still have asthma?

Possibly: It would depend on the cause of the lung failure that led to transplant. Asthma may persist, resolve or be mild after the transplant. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pulmonary embolism while pregnant?

What to do if I have pulmonary embolism while pregnant?

Close monitoring: You would need to follow closely with your doctor for proper therapeutic regimen. ...Read more

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I have blood clots, that threw to bilateral pulmonary emboli, I have a pulmonologist, what other specialist should I see to be proactive in my health?

I have blood clots, that threw to bilateral pulmonary emboli, I have a pulmonologist, what other specialist should I see to be proactive in my health?

Identify cause: Establishing the cause of blood clots and pulmonary emboli is important. A good place to start is your primary care physician, who will review your medical history, perform an examination, order appropriate tests and possibly suggest a subspecialist based on the findings. ...Read more

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I have a vp shunt for Hydrocephalus and if I have shunt malfunction and if I don't get treated right away what would happen to me?

I have a vp shunt for Hydrocephalus and if I have shunt malfunction and if I don't get treated right away what would happen to me?

HEADACHE: will be the first thing you notice with a shunt malfunction. Then you will loose coordination, vomit, have visual problems, lose consciousness and if you continue to be untreated you will build up enough pressure for your brainstem to be pushed through the base of the skull and your breathing will stop. ...Read more

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What if i were to get a lung transplant, would i still have asthma?

What if i were to get a lung transplant, would i still have asthma?

No: You might even lose a pound or two but your clothes will fit the same. The contents of your colon have little effect on your weight and certainly not on your shape. ...Read more

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What to do if I have larngitious and tight chest could I have asthma ?

What to do if I have larngitious and tight chest could I have asthma ?

Not necessarily : Laryngitis and a "tight chest" may be from infections, or other causes unrelated to asthma. If you think you may have asthma, do wait around- get tested by your physician. It's very simple and can be done in the office. Again, don't wait-get tested. Good Luck ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could scuba dive, or snorkel, if I have a heart murmur?

Can you tell me if i could scuba dive, or snorkel, if I have a heart murmur?

There are a # of: Different heart murmurs. Some very healthy people have heart murmurs (i.e., flow murmur in an athlete). On the other hand, some can be associated with serious medical problems. You need to be checked to see what kind of murmur this is and to determine if is compatible with diving. ...Read more

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If I have emphysema, could I get a lung transplant?

If I have emphysema, could I get a lung transplant?

Criteria...: There are specific criteria for lung transplant. If you meet the criteria, you would then be deemed eligible. You would need to be evaluated by a transplant center to see if you qualify. Since organs are not readily available, the criteria are quite strict, including smoking cessation. See your doctor to discuss this and to proceed with referral, if it is thought that you qualify. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had pneumonia since 10-13 my last xray showed reduced lung volume should I be concerned?

What to do if I have had pneumonia since 10-13 my last xray showed reduced lung volume should I be concerned?

Reduced lung volume: reduced lung volume on chest XR simply means you did not take a deep enough breath when they took the picture. doesn't mean much as far as pneumonia is concerned ...Read more

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Please explain underinflated lungs and if I need to worry I have MS and hi sugar?

Please explain underinflated lungs and if I need to worry I have MS and hi sugar?

Underinflated lungs: Perhaps a pulmonologist (lung doctor) would answer this best, but here is my thought: Under inflated lungs can result from a lifestyle with little exercise. Exercises like walking and swimming stretch out the lungs and increase their capacity. It's good to have lung reserve but it is not really a disease, as far as I know. It could be related to MS or diabetes mellitus if those limit you. ...Read more

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I recently fit tested for a respirator and was told I may suffer from a superimposed Obstructive Pulmonary impairment? How can I fix this?

I recently fit tested for a respirator and was told I may suffer from a superimposed Obstructive Pulmonary impairment? How can I fix this?

Need diagnosis...: Before it can be treated, you first need a definite diagnosis. You will need a pulmonary function test to see if you have obstruction in your airways and if it is reversible with bronchodilators or not. Your family doctor can order the test and then it will be interpreted by a lung doctor. You may need to see a lung doctor, depending on what the test shows. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if i was told I have COPD just from an chest xray. Arent more tests needed?

What to do if i was told I have COPD just from an chest xray. Arent more tests needed?

Not necessary: One can diagnose COPD from history and a chest x-ray if classic features found. If need confirmatory tests will need to do a pulmonary function test. ...Read more

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I think i may have pulmonary fibrosis and i'm only 19, can you help me?

I think i may have pulmonary fibrosis and i'm only 19, can you help me?

Go get evaluation: Yes, it can happen due to some causes. It should be obvious is some imaging procedures. Since it can and usually is progressive, it has to be treated or remedied. Go to your doctor for evaluation or referral as necessary. ...Read more

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Could I need cpap if I have pulmonary edema?

Yes: Pulmonary edema caused by congestive heart failure gets better quicker with cpap. In other cases it is used to minimize the need for life support with a breathing tube. ...Read more

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If you used a cpap on somebody with pulmonary edema where does the fluid in the alveoli get pumped out to?

If you used a cpap on somebody with pulmonary edema where does the fluid in the alveoli get pumped out to?

Alveoli=airspace: In between the airspaces (alveoli) are blood vessels in the interstitium of the lung. In pulmonary edema, fluid diffuses from the vessels into the air spaces an dinterferes with gas exchange. CPAP pushes it back into the vessels where it belongs. ...Read more

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Could pulmonary edema be life threatening just by itself?

Could pulmonary edema be life threatening just by itself?

Yes....: If the pulmonary edema is of rapid onset and is extensive, it could be life-threatening. If this diagnosis is suspected, an evaluation by a doctor is needed asap, perhaps even in the er if symptoms are severe. ...Read more

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Could forced drinking cause noncardiogenic pulmonary edema in elderlies?

No one should be : Forced to take liquids. If a patient is being assisted with oral intake, care should be taken that the right amounts are being administered fluid overload can cause CHF and pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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Could pulmonary edema ever resolve on its own if left untreated?

Could pulmonary edema ever resolve on its own if left untreated?

Watch out!: Pulmonary edema is life threatening. Unless the patient gets dehydrated or with significant fluid restriction it is dangerouse. It is caused by many things like congestive heart failure, fluid overload and disorders that elevate the pulmonary pressure. It requires attention soon. If patient takes diuretics it may resolve. Find the cause and treat. ...Read more

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Waht causes pulmonary edema?

Waht causes  pulmonary edema?

Many things: Anything that allows fluid to leak from the blood or lymphatics into the lung tissue and air spaces. Infection, heart failure, sever protein malnutrition, trauma, kidney failure, etc can all do it. Overwhelming the hydrostic equilibrium or decreasing the oncotic pressure all allow fluid to move into the lung. ...Read more

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What's pulmonary edema made of?

What's pulmonary edema made of?

Fluid from vessels: Usually a more or less protein rich fluid leaking out of blood vessels in the lungs depending on the cause. ...Read more

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What are the signs of pulmonary edema?

Symptoms or signs?: Presuming that you are asking about symptoms of pulmonary edema - shortness of breath, cough, increased sputum production with a slight pink tinge, decreased exercise capacity, feeling tired etc. Signs are findings on physical examination that your doctor will be able to find. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary edema curable?

Depends: Pulmonary edema is a symptom, not a disease or condition. It all depends on what is causing the pulmonary edema. If, for example, due to heart failure, it may be treatable. If due to metastatic lung cancer, it may not. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary edema a circulation problem?

Sort of: Pulmonary edema can be related to heart failure. If the heart fails as a pump, this elevates the blood pressure in the pulmonary circulation, because the fluid gets "backed up", the elevated pressure causes the capillaries to leak fluid into the air spaces. In non cardiac edema, there is an inflammatory injury to the capillaries, from a toxin or infection etc.. This causes the capillaries to leak. ...Read more

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Is it possible to X-ray a pulmonary edema?

Is it possible to X-ray a pulmonary edema?

Yes,: pulmonary edema can generally be visualized on a chest xray, but the appearance is not entirely specific. ...Read more

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Are pulmonary edema and pneumonia the same?

Are pulmonary edema and pneumonia the same?

No: Pulmonary edema(pe) is a backup of moisture/fluid that leaks into the tissues of the lung & may leak into the air exchange chambers. Pneumonia(pn) is an inflamatory process in the lungs usually caused by an infection by a germ (virus, bacteria) but could be caused by chemicals (stomach acid).Rx for pe &pn are very different. ...Read more

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How do pneumonia and pulmonary edema differ?

Very different cause: Pneumonia is an infection of your lung tissue. Pulmonary edema is fluid which builds up due to various causes of lung inflammation or from yoru heart. It can also occur from toxinsa to your lung. ...Read more

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Why don't lungs fail during pulmonary edema?

They often do: Pulmonary edema is one of the most common causes of respiratory failure. That's why we have ventilators and icus. Less severe cases of pulmonary edema can be tolerated well enough to avoid respiratory failure. Just like a rain, its a matter of degree. You can have a light shower, or a deluge and flash-flooding. ...Read more

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When does pulmonary edema occur in a patient?

When does pulmonary edema occur in a patient?

Pulmonary edema: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pulmonary-edema/basics/definition/con-20022485

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Is it possible for pulmonary edema to kill you?

Yes....: Pulmonary edema is when there is fluid build up in the lungs. This can occur for a variety of reasons including congestive heart failure, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, adult respiratory distress syndrome, heart attack, etc. If there is a lot of fluid and if it builds up rapidly, it can be life-threatening or even fatal. So, any sudden onset of shortness of breath should be evaluated in the er! ...Read more

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Is pulmonary edema usual in dry drowning cases?

Not sure: I don't know what you mean by dry drowning since it necessarily requires that the lungs fill with fluid to be termed drowning. Suffocation can occur without the lungs filling with pulmonary edema, but all cases of drowning have fluid in the lungs. ...Read more

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How serious is a pulmonary edema in a 15 year old?

How serious is a pulmonary edema in a 15 year old?

Very: Pulmonary edema is serious at any age, but its rarity at 15 makes it particularly concerning. Congenital heart disease is frequently present to cause this in an adolescent. ...Read more

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Are pulmonary edema and pneumonia the same thing?

No: Pulmonary edema is uninfected fluid in the alveoli of the lung usually do to congestive heart failure or to ARDS (non cardiogenic pulmonary edema or adult respiratory distress syndrome). Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue with infected fluid in the alveoli or interstitial tissues. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Definition)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more