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Doctor insights on: Diminished Lung Capacity

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Can I get a voice amplifier to improve my dad diminished lung capacity?

Can I get a voice amplifier to improve my dad diminished lung capacity?

Not sure?: Not sure what that is. One can not generally improve 'lung capacity'. So if one has decreased lung fuction from a certain disease or condition then generally will not return. Depends also on severity of capacity. Need to know the undelying condition. Please clarify. ...Read more

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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Been coughing for over 2 years with diminished lung capacity? Do you think a CT is needed?

Been coughing for over 2 years with diminished lung capacity? Do you think a CT is needed?

Perhaps...: Does your pulmonary function testing show restriction or obstruction? Are you a current or former smoker? What does your chest x-ray show? These are some of the questions I would like to ask before I can answer whether or not you need a ct scan of your chest. So, see your doctor for further evaluation and ask if you need a ct scan. ...Read more

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Am having dyspnia a ery hard breathing with no coughing or chils, I feel that my lung capacity is decreased specially at night why?

Am having dyspnia a ery hard breathing with no coughing or chils, I feel that my lung capacity is decreased specially at night why?

Several causes: Dyspnea that is gradually progressive, worse at night, without cough could be due to several different causes. It could be due to infection, obstructive disorders such as asthma, or restrictive conditions such as lung fibrosis. A lung specialist can do detailed exam, measure your lung function by spirometry to identify pattern of lung disease & recommend appropriate investigations to find cause. ...Read more

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Lung volumes show significantly decreased functional residual capacity, but otherwise normal, what's this mean? Doc says I have asthma but decreased frc online says restrictive disease im scared!

Lung volumes show significantly decreased functional residual capacity, but otherwise normal, what's this mean? Doc says I have asthma but decreased frc online says restrictive disease im scared!

Decrease FRC: Frc is the volume of air present in the lungs at the end of passive expiration. Obesity and posture will decrease the frc. I am imaging you just got a complete pulmonary function test. In asthmatic patient, the FRC can be normal or high if associated with emphysema or more chronic obstructive conditions. Low FRC with normal pft is not diagnostic of restrictive lung disease. Trust your lung doctor. ...Read more

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What is a lung capacity test?

Lung function: Usually a lung capacity is the total amount of air you can take & hold upon a deep breath. It is part of the lung capacities (TLC, IC, EC) & function.
3 basic capacities: Total lung cac. Inspiratory capacity & expiratory capacities. If decreased is a restrictive problem like in fibrosis but many others. If increase is an obstructiver air problem (asthma, COPD, etc) ...Read more

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Is lung capacity at 53% dangerous?

Is lung capacity at 53% dangerous?

Need to find out why: During a pulmonary function test, there are typically three measurements taken. First, how well the air "moves" in and out of the lungs. Copd, asthma, bronchitis, etc are things that would cause it to drop. Second, the efficiency of oxygen transfer is measured, the diffusion. Last, the lung sizes are measured. Again, which value is down and why its down is the most important thing to find. ...Read more

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Good food to improve lung capacity?

Good food to improve lung capacity?

None: There is no special diet or supplements for that. Avoid pollution (esp in india), do not smoke, exercise, and eat healthy food daily (low oil, no ghee at all, limit meat, and limit sugars/sweets). ...Read more

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How do I know if got small lung capacity?

How do I know if got small lung capacity?

Pulmonary: Function testing can determine your lung capacity (Essentially breathing air into a system which performs the measurements
Your PCP (primary Care Physician) can probably order these or refer you o a specialist (Pulmonologist) you are having breathing problems!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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How do you tell what your lung capacity is?

How do you tell what your lung capacity is?

Lung function: Is measured in a respiratory lab by capacity of deep inspiratin, speed of expiration, measuring of residual volume. Alos arterial blood gases determine oxygen transfer, and ability to exhale co2. ...Read more

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Will someone die if their lung capacity is 20%?

Will someone die if their lung capacity is 20%?

No: However, they will have little to no endurance, and may feel short of breath at rest. Depending on the cause of their lung dysfunction, they might live for years like this. .. Or months or weeks. If the patient is under 65 he or she might be considered for lung transplantation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if jogging increases your lung capacity?

Can you tell me if jogging increases your lung capacity?

Lung capacity: Yes it does. Regular exercise does help with your lung capacity. Initially to increase it, and as you keep it up, you have less chance to loose capacity quickly as you age. Best of luck, but do not go overboard! ...Read more

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Is there a way to fake your lung capacity in a blowing test?

Is there a way to fake your lung capacity in a blowing test?

Why?: The answer is not with adequate consistency to get a good study, but why would you want to do that? These tests are expensive and time consuming, why would you waste your own and everyone else's time to do it. ...Read more

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What is the capacity of asthmatic lungs vs non asthmatic lungs?

What is the capacity of asthmatic lungs vs non asthmatic lungs?

Lung capacity/asthma: Total lung capacity is the volume of air in the lungs at the end of maximal inspiration. Asthmatics can have higher lung volumes than normal people because their lungs become hyperinflated when they have attacks. They have trouble breathing all the way out, so the volume left over afterward, the residual lung volume, is also elevated. In severe asthmatics, fibrosis/scars can decrease volumes. ...Read more

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What does lung capacity mean and can you improve it? I am 53 with lung capacity 80%.

Lung capacity: Is essentially the volume of air that fills your lungs. Ways to increase are breathing exercises (deep breathing, blowing up balloons, etc.) and exercise, especially cardio. Athletes are always looking for ways to increase their lung capacities to improve performance. Lots of websites out there about it. Also, stop smoking if you do and optimize your asthma treatment if you are asthmatic. ...Read more

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What is the term for the difference between the vital capacity and the total lung capacity?

What is the term for the difference between the vital capacity and the total lung capacity?

See below: Vital Capacity is total volume of air that you: inhale during normal breathing (Tidal Volume) + when taking a deep breath in (Inspiratory Reserve Volume) + when you breath out as much as your can (Expiratory reserve volume).
Total Lung Capacity include all of the above plus volume of air left in the lung even after you breath out complete (Residual Volume). ...Read more

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I have 70 % lung capacity but it drops to 50 - 53% when im ill. What type of exercise can I do to work it up to 80% or am I being unrealistic.?

I have 70 % lung capacity but it drops to 50 - 53% when im ill. What type of exercise can I do to work it up to 80% or am I being unrealistic.?

Mostly unrealistic: If your lung function falls with illness it implies airway inflammation from the illness with decreased flow. Other considerations include neuromuscular disease worsening with illness. Genetics determine our total lung capacity and the number of alveoli in a lung is predetermined according to crapo and no amount of exercise can change that. Once you lose alveoli there is no recovery. ...Read more

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Pulm. Said spiro. Tests were "99% normal", but showed "slightly reduced lung capacity." He said "it's nothing to worry about." What does that mean?

Mgt: If you upload the test to your EMR, Healthtap physicians can provide a second opinion. It is probably normal. What is the current diagnosis? And your symptoms? ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed as having a lung capacity of 80%, I am 53 years old. Should I be concerned and can I do anything to improve my lung capacity?

Don't worry. Exercise: A lung capacity of 80% may actually be within normal range, so I wouldn't get too concerned. Other considerations include symptoms (e.g. shortness of breath, cough), smoking history, history of asthma.
So, first, you probably don't need to be concerned. And second, treatment of a specific disease can improve lung function. Otherwise, exercise is always good! ...Read more

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Will rhythmic breathing exercises everyday for 15-20 minutes help me with increasing my lungs capacity/size? To further assist me with my daily running?

Will rhythmic breathing exercises everyday for 15-20 minutes help me with increasing my lungs capacity/size? To further assist me with my daily running?

No science here: Lung capacity / size increases some in marathon runners because of the extra extreme exertion changing the chest wall shape. There's no magic in rhythmic breathing -- I've seen only pseudoscience here. Unless you have asthma, it's your heart and not your lungs that limits your running capacity. Did you ever hear of real olympic or pro-team coaches incorporating this stuff? ...Read more

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What is the lung capacity of a smoker like?

It's decreased.: It is reduced compared to that of a non-smoker due to lung disease. According to the CDC, smoking can stunt lung development in teens and can increase the risk of asthma, TB, emphysema and cancers. Smoking damages the elastic lining of air sacs and causes scarring which can restrict air flow in or out. ...Read more

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If I work out for a long time, can the air capacity in my lungs increase?

Define air capacity: If by air capacity, you mean your lungs vital capacity, then no. Your vital capacity is dictated by your anatomy (it's a function of your age and height). But if you're referring to your vo2max (maximal aerobic capacity) then yes, since this is a measure of oxygen use and indirectly, physical fitness. ...Read more

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Does age effect the lung capacity?

Does age effect the lung capacity?

Yes: After age 30, everyone's lung function declines a little every year. More so if you smoke or have other lung diseases. ...Read more

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How do I increase my lung capacity? Also my cholesterol is at 4.9 mmol/l, what types of food should take more of and avoid?

How do I increase my lung capacity? Also my cholesterol is at 4.9 mmol/l, what types of food should take more of and avoid?

Basic biology: You don't increase your lung capacity any more than you can increase your adult height. It would require changing the shape and volume of your chest. Your cholesterol level is in a healthy range, and diet isn't the key to managing cholesterol despite all the talk. Physical fitness and avoiding tobacco will benefit you far more in both areas. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I feel like my lung capacity is really low, when I breath I can only breath for 4 scoundrel maximum, and I breath really often?

Lung capacity: I am not sure what is meant by 4 scoundrel. Please let your parents know about your concerns. They can make the decision if this needs medical attention. Take care. ...Read more

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I was told that my lung capacity of 80% is equal to what would be predicted for a 69 year old woman. Scary, can I improve my lpc?

Perhaps: If you smoke - stop! If you know of allergens - stay free of them. If you are sedentary, plan to be more active. Eat mostly vegan - some animal protein is fine, just not much. Find a beginner yoga class and learn breathing exercises - or start w/ breathing exercises. Here are some: http://livewell. Jillianmichaels. Com/exercises-increase-lung-capacity-4259.html
You can find more online. Best! ...Read more