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Does exercise help my pulmonary fibrosis?

Does exercise help my pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: Exercise is an important part of the management of pulmonary fibrosis. There are specific programs known as pulmonary rehab, that incorporate exercise and oxygen therapy to help maintain your lung function. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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If I can exercise less and less over the past few months does that mean I have pulmonary fibrosis?

If I can exercise less and less over the past few months does that mean I have pulmonary fibrosis?

Not necessarily...: There are many possible explanations for less exercise tolerance. If you are experiencing this symptom, see your doctor for an evaluation. Exercise pulmonary testing can be done to diagnose this symptom. ...Read more

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Best exercise for pulmonary fibrosis weight lifting or cardio?

Best exercise for pulmonary fibrosis weight lifting or cardio?

Cardio: You have to be careful when exercising as you want your oxygenation to remain above 88%. I tend to tell my patients that cardio is a better exercise for them as weight lifting can be associated with big swings in your blood pressure and valsalva that could precipitate an episode of syncope"passing out". As usual, everything with moderation is better and talk to your doctor before doing exercise. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary fibrosis?

Scar tissue: The short version is scar tissue caused by inflammation in the lung. There are many different causes and subtypes though making it pretty complicated. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis terminal?

Pulm Fibrosis: Hi, Pulmonary fibrosis can develop slowly or quickly. There is no cure. Many people with the disease live only about three to five years after diagnosis. The only treatment is lung transplant. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary fibrosis be cured?

No and Yes: At this time the only curative intervention for pulmonary fibrosis is lung transplantation. There are no medications that have been proven to cure the disease. Some medicines may help (such as steroids, n-acetylcysteine and pirfenidone) slow the disease however. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis inherited?

Is pulmonary fibrosis inherited?

Pulmonary fibrosis: While I have not seen it commonly there are some families with a history of pulmonary fibrosis. Most of my office patients and previous fibrosis patients I have come across are the only ones in their family with fibrosis. I have one patient in my practice with several family members with progressive and ultimately fatal fibrosis. She has been evaluated at duke university with a genetic workup. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary fibrosis like?

What is pulmonary fibrosis like?

Scarring: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is an inflammatory process affecting lung parenchyma and resulting in loss of lung storage and resulting in low diffusin capacity and restrictive lung disease. Cardiovascular effect inckude pulmonary hypertension and cor pulmonale. The disease is slowly progressive and unresponsive to all current therapy. Lifespan can be in months(hamman-rich) to a few years. ...Read more

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How is pulmonary fibrosis treated?

How is pulmonary fibrosis treated?

Supportive care: Supplemental oxygen, good nutrition and breathing exercises may be of benefit. There is currently no effective treatment to prevent worsening of most pulmonary fibrosis. N-acetyl cyteine supplements are currently being studied along with a medication called perfenidone to see if outcomes are different. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung condition in which there is progressive scarring of the lung tissue. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, ...Read more


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Respiratory (Definition)

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