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Could you give high flow o2 to a COPD patient?

Could you give high flow o2 to a COPD patient?

Depends...: Oxygen is only prescribed when the oxygen level in the body is low and only in the lowest amount needed to maintain the oxygen level at an acceptable level. Oxygen must be carefully prescribed by a doctor with monitoring of the patient's oxygen levels because giving too much oxygen is harmful as is not giving enough! see your doctor if you think your oxygen level is low! ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Copd (Definition)

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


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If a patient has COPD and CHF can you give them albuterol?

If a patient has COPD and CHF can you give them albuterol?

YES: If CHF is, stable, compensated and albuterol has to be used yes. There are alternatives, to try and stabilize COPD with maintenance medications so one doesn't need to use rescue albuterol too often.(inhaled steroids, laba's). ...Read more

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Could you give propofol to a patient with asthma?

Could you give propofol to a patient with asthma?

It depends: on more information and examining particular patient. Generally propofol is safe in a well controlled asthmatics, yet anesthesia plan is formulated by anesthesiologist after careful consideration of past medical and surgical history, current medications, allergies and the nature of the procedure, as well as patient's physical status. Consult your doctor or consider "virtual" appt on HealthTap ...Read more

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If someone had shortness of breath due to heart or a lung problem, at rest, would you expect a higher heart rate? Or can it be normal?

If someone had shortness of breath due to heart or a lung problem, at rest, would you expect a higher heart rate? Or can it be normal?

Dyspnea : If you are having significant shortness of breath, your heart rate would go up as this would be a normal physiological response. ...Read more

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What do you suggest to give to a patient who has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd?

What do you suggest to give to a patient who has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd?

Treatment...: Treatment of COPD usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen, if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. Other treatments depend on the specific symptoms present. There is no cure! ...Read more

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Does yawning mean someone may be low on oxygen? I.E. They try to get more oxygen with a deep breath perhaps?

Does yawning mean someone may be low on oxygen? I.E. They try to get more oxygen with a deep breath perhaps?

No: This explanation for yawning is a common urban legend but there is little to support it. In fact the reason we yawn is not entirely clear. ...Read more

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What is criteria to get oxygen tank prescribed? Need diangosis lung or heart condition to get O2 tank? Seriously SOB. Feel O2 will make it easier.

What is criteria to get oxygen tank prescribed? Need diangosis lung or heart condition to get O2 tank? Seriously SOB. Feel O2 will make it easier.

See a doctor: Possible causes for shortness of breath include heart disease, lung disease and anemia. Each is treated differently, and oxygen may or may not be indicated. Best to see a doctor to determine the cause of the shortness of breath so it can be treated appropriately. Sudden shortness of breath should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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In regard to blood pressure, if someone feels tired like he/she would like to take a nap, could this be a sign more of low blood pressure than hbp?

In regard to blood pressure, if someone feels tired like he/she would like to take a nap, could this be a sign more of low blood pressure than hbp?

Either: There are many causes of feeling tired. One is abnormal blood pressure, either high or low. Some people are tired due to anemia or low blood sugar. Stress, dehydration , poor eating or sleeping habits, viral syndromes are a few of the many possible causes of "tired". It is best to see your primary care physician to have a thorough physical and to be honest and forthcoming with your concerns. ...Read more

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How can you give breaths with a bag valve mask to a patient on a ventilator that has stopped breathing?

How can you give breaths with a bag valve mask to a patient on a ventilator that has stopped breathing?

Breaths: The bag is attached to the endo tracheal tube or tracheostomy if those devices are in place. If endo tracheal tube positioning is uncertain, it can be removed and the mask then covers the nose and mouth. ...Read more

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If your oxygen level drops too low, could that cause a non epileptic seizure. Also, if you have severe COPD would exercise lower your oxygen level.

If your oxygen level drops too low, could that cause a non epileptic seizure. Also, if you have severe COPD would exercise lower your oxygen level.

Yes and yes: A very low oxygen tension can make people have seizure like activity or unconsciousness depending on the response of the cells of circuitry in your brain. The cells can become irritable and have more discharges. People with COPD are exercised to see if they need o2 as oxygenation can drop with activity depending on the severity of disease. ...Read more

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Is it a good sign if a patient in coma's blood pressure increases when you talk to them?

Is it a good sign if a patient in coma's blood pressure increases when you talk to them?

Difficult : BP change on talking to the comatose patient means his autonomic system is responding to some stimuli not necessarily speaking. I am not aware of study that has answered to this parameter for prognosis. ...Read more

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What dosage of midodrine would you give to a patient with normal heart, aldosterone and electrolytes but having a hypotension of 90/60?

What dosage of midodrine would you give to a patient with normal heart, aldosterone and electrolytes but having a hypotension of 90/60?

My questions are: 1. What condition is being treated? POTTS? Autonomic Dysfunction? Something else? 2. What dose did your doctor indicate to you? 3. When dealing with people who have autonomic dysfunction of some sort I always respect the variability of the individual and start at 10mg. qd (or less) and titrate up very slowly. 4. Goal is to use the absolute minimum dose to get the clinical effect- no more. ...Read more

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A person with high blood pressure is more likely to get: a stroke, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, uneventful fainting or something else?

A person with high blood pressure is more likely to get: a stroke, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, uneventful fainting or something else?

Stroke, heart attack: Of the conditions listed, hypertension is a risk factor for stroke and heart attack. High blood pressure would not be typically considered a risk factor for pulmonary embolism or fainting. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for kidney damage. ...Read more

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Could you exercise on oxygen if you have emphysema and your o2 sat dip to low 90's?

Yes: As long as your o2 sats stay at 90% or above, your cells will get plenty of oxygen, and you can exercise safely on oxygen. There is very little increased benefit with o2 sats greater than 90%. The key is to stay above 90%. ...Read more

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What might cause a person with asthma to have shortness of breath but a consistently high peak flow (750+), and all of their cardio tests checked out fine?

What might cause a person with asthma to have shortness of breath but a consistently high peak flow (750+), and all of their cardio tests checked out fine?

Anxiety: In my experience, when someone has a subjective feeling of shortness of breath, palpitations, chest tightness etc., but all the objective measures are checking out ok, what you may actually be dealing with is an anxiety problem. But first you rule out the physical stuff. ...Read more

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Why would my cardiologist want me to do a nuclear walking treadmill vs a regular one? Will the dye be dangerous? How could this take 3 full hours?

Why would my cardiologist want me to do a nuclear walking treadmill vs a regular one? Will the dye be dangerous?
How could this take 3 full hours?

Women and CAD: Can't be sure, but I suspect your cardiologist recommended a nuclear stress test for to help detect coronary artery disease (CAD). In women, traditional stress test is less helpful than a nuclear stress test in diagnosing heart disease. It takes longer because contrast is used is used. Suggest you discuss the procedure and possible complications with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. ...Read more