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Disease That Affects The Respiratory System
For a project, I have to explain how coronary artery disease can affect the respiratory and digestive systems, how is it that it affects them?
CAD: CAD effects the hearts capacity to function and this can lead to lower blood flow throughout your body. Your heart and lungs need to be coordinated to appropriately oxygenate blood and when heart pump not so good this relationship compromised. That's a V/Q mismatch. Poorly oxygenated blood to stomach makes it sluggish at digestion and prone to ulcers ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diseases lungs,gut: There are a great number of diseases that can attack these organ systems. This is a very complex question. You need to ask more specific questions. ...Read more
Very few: Bronchitis and pneumonia are the major causes of "colored sputum". However the color is not adequate indication of what the etiology is and so for some years is not thought helpful unless it is bloody and then cancer, TB and other major diseases need to be ruled out by your physician. ...Read more
Ebola Virus: A person with Ebola infection may develop cough, chest pain, hemoptysis (coughing up blood), respiratory distress as well as Interstitial pneumonia and pulmonary edema with attempts to hydrate. Shock with capillary leakage, seizures, coma & respiratory distress herald death. ...Read more
Multiple ways: Autoimmune diseases can cause inflammation in the lung which can behave like infection and appear the same on xray. Shortness of the breath can occur. Coughing up blood is possible. Inflammation of the lining of the lungs called the pleura can cause pain with breathing or deep breaths. Fluid can occur between the lining of the lung and the lung itself can also cause pain and shortness of breath ...Read more
Dead space in lung: Dead space is a term used to describe an area of the lung where gas exchange cannot occur - it does not mean dead lung tissue. Everyone has dead space and it is comprised mainly of your airways. It is measured as a percentage. Dead space is affected by many variables including the size of the breath we inhale. Dead space typically decreases as we exercise because we take bigger breaths. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Congestion: By affecting the flow and pressures inside the lungs, congestion of the lungs could happen causing respiratory difficulty. ...Read more
Through the brain: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which can affect the centers in the brain that regulate respiration. Consequently, breathing may slow and not keep up with demand, especially when asleep. Also, alcohol lowers your defenses against aspiration, contributing to pneumonia. Lastly, alcohol can make sleep apnea worse making it further difficult to breathe. ...Read more
Get oxygen to blood: Respiration is the process of bringing oxygen into the lungs and exhaling carbon dioxide out of them. Once inside the lungs, the oxygen crosses cell membranes to get into the blood stream. The blood circulates the oxygen to the rest of the body including the brain which cannot function without it. Carbon dioxide is the waste product of well functioning cells and is also carried back by the blood. ...Read more
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