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Does having emphysema make it harder for me to live on a breathing machine?

Does having emphysema make it harder for me to live on a breathing machine?

Yes: Emphysema can make it harder to live without a breathing machine. If you get intubated, may be impossible to be weaned off depending on severity. Also affects mechanics of breathing while on ventilator. ...Read more

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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 I don't sleep on Cpap machine like I'm suppose to be will it make hard for me to breathe even of I have asthma??

If I don't sleep on Cpap machine like I'm suppose to be will it make hard for me to breathe even of I have asthma??

See your doctor: You have a CPAP machine, you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea which can be life threatening. Not wearing your CPAP is endangering your life. As you are aware, your airway closes during the night while asleep. Many people don't like using a CPAP and there is an alternative that is recognized as a viable option. An oral appliance can be made for you by a dentist that has expertise in sleep apnea ...Read more

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If I have eaten to much food at a meal will it affect my CHF by making it harder for me to breathe?

If I have eaten to much food at a meal will it affect my CHF by making it harder for me to breathe?

No: Your ability to ventilate your lungs is seldom critical if you have CHF. And a full stomach puts little extra restriction on lungs. Hoping that your CHF can be addressed. If at your age you have a cardiomyopathy, I hope transplant is an option. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is a breathing machine for? What could make someone unable to breathe on their own?

What is a breathing machine for? What could make someone unable to breathe on their own?

A ventilator: A ventilator assists In cases where someone is unable to breath effectively on their own, for any of a number of reasons, trauma, stroke, head injury, unconsciousness, emphysema, heart failure, pneumonia, major surgery, need for heavy sedation, severe infection (sepsis), drug overdose, spinal injury, rib fractures, neurologic conditions such as ALS or multiple sclerosis, there are many others ...Read more

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I smoke regularly i need to clean my lungs, is there a procedure and how much does it cost?

I smoke regularly i need to clean my lungs, is there a procedure and how much does it cost?

Not really.: There is no 'procedure' to clean your lungs. The very best thing that you can do for your lungs is to stop smoking. This will also save you money as smoking is expensive! if you have concerns about 'cleaning' your lungs and about smoking cessation, go to a local clinic and discuss your concerns with a provider / doc. Medications, hypnosis, and behavior modification may help. Be well! ...Read more

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How does percocet make you forget to breath?How long does the effects last?Im on 7.5mg and that makes me anxious if i could forget to breath

How does percocet make you forget to breath?How long does the effects last?Im on 7.5mg and that makes me anxious if i could forget to breath

Not true: You do not forget to breath. That is an involuntary and not a voluntary act. There are centers in the body that control breathing but you consciously do not. Don't worry. ...Read more

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How long does it take for you to feel a difference when using a cpap machine for sleep apnea?

How long does it take for you to feel a difference when using a cpap machine for sleep apnea?

Depends: It depends. Some people feel an immediate effect, others take time. It does depend on how severe the apnea is too. Continue to use CPAP and follow up with your sleep physican for compliance and to make sure the pressure is adequate to treat your apnea. ...Read more

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What can I do if using the cpap machine makes it nearly impossible to get sleep?

What can I do if using the cpap machine makes it nearly impossible to get sleep?

Keep trying: CPAP is the gold standard treatment for osa, and it works very well. Try it, and hang in there...You can get used to it over time. If you just cannot tolerate wearing the cpap, then you have 2 options. #1-see your dentist who can make you a mouthpiece type of appliance than can improve your airflow. #2 talk to your md about surgical options. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it bad for a 12 year old to breathe in smoke like cigarette?

Can you tell me is it bad for a 12 year old to breathe in smoke like cigarette?

Smoke is harmful.: It is harmful for a 12-year-old to smoke, or to be exposed to second-hand smoke. For that matter, it's harmful for anybody to smoke or have second-hand smoke exposure. ...Read more

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I have congenital heart disease with a paralyzed diaphragm it is hard for me to breathe is there any exercise that could help me breathe better?

I have congenital heart disease with a paralyzed diaphragm it is hard for me to breathe is there any exercise that could help me breathe better?

Diaphragm pacing YES: There is such a thing as diaphragm pacing that you could ask about and is great in situations such as you're describing. ...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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If pt was on a vent 4 oxygen and the vent is on recall for stop giving pt oxygen whit out notice can it cuss damage to lungs if so what kind?

If pt was on a vent 4 oxygen and the vent is on recall for stop giving pt oxygen whit out notice can it cuss damage to lungs if so what kind?

Unlikely an issue: Most ventilated patients are in units that maintain some extra monitoring which allows the staff to continuously monitor the blood oxygen, expired co2 and other features of a ventilator with equipment that is physically separate from that ventilator.( a separate monitor ) if the unit was not maintaining such redundancy, it might be an issue. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is second hand smoking making it hard for me to run?

Can you tell me is second hand smoking making it hard for me to run?

Yes possibly: Second hand smoke can be very damaging to your lungs over time. This could certainly be one reason although possibly one of several. I would encourage your loved one to quit and there are many resources out there to help, many covered by insurance. ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between a PE and pneumonia? Will QVAR make a PE feel better.

How do I know the difference between a PE and pneumonia?  Will QVAR make a PE feel better.

See below: Often, a PE and pneumonia symptoms are similar - shortness of breath, pleuritic chest pain, cough. However, with pneumonia, the cough is more likely to be productive, you could have a fever and the chest xray will show infiltrates. A PE usually doesn't show up on CXR unless you've had a lung infarct. QVAR will not do anything to help a PE. ...Read more

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Steam danger to the lungs.i read that if u inhale steam it can burn your lung away makn it harder to breathIt feltharder to breath after I inhaled it.

Steam danger to the lungs.i read that if u inhale steam it can burn your lung away makn it harder to breathIt feltharder to breath after I inhaled it.

Possible: Yes, steam that is at a certain temperature can damage the lungs, but this would be from a boiler or something like that. Steam from a vaporizer should not damage your lungs. ...Read more

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How bad does my bronchitis need to get before my doctors will consider a lung transplant?

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How bad does my bronchitis need to get before my doctors will consider a lung transplant?

Whoa, wait a minute: Lung transplantation is an avenue of last resort. There are specific indications before considering transplantation which carries with it a whole difference set of medical problems. Generally, the threshold is very high and it is only when life expectancy is very limited, when lung transplantation is considered. ...Read more

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Can you survive after being put on life support? I am doing a persuasive speech on euthanasia and i wanted to know how often it is that the situation comes up. I want to know if when your put on life support with a failing body system, is there a chance y

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Can you survive after being put on life support? I am doing a persuasive speech on euthanasia and i wanted to know how often it is that the situation comes up. I want to know if when your put on life support with a failing body system, is there a chance y

The : The concept of life support is to provide assistance or replacement of a bodily function, generally categorized as: ventilator support for respiratory failure, medications or pump for heart failure, dialysis for kidney failure. Some consider intravenous nutrition life support also. In some cases, the acute insult that leads a patient to needing life support is removed and the body heals, thus that life support is no longer needed. In some cases, the body was already weakened, or the insult is not reversible, so that life support is continued. Intensive care units utilize life support to differentiate their role in the hospital compared to the regular nursing floors. The decision to remove life support, depends on the prognosis of the initial insult, the overall condition, including age, quality of life and other medical conditions, and most importantly, the wishes of the patient and secondarily the family when the patient cannot make an informed decision. Withdrawal of life support can be considered when it is clear that the patient will not recover to a meaningful quality of life. Although euthanasia is considered different than life support withdrawal, in that both acts hasten death, in the case of life support withdrawal, we are simply taking away a crutch that keeps the patient alive allowing the normal disease process to lead to death to occur. In the case of euthanasia, there is active participation of health care providers to provide medications that engage another process of death. ...Read more

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I have c.o.p.d big decision to go ahead with transplant not on list yet I have carbon dioxide. Any pill to get rid in blood stream makes me shake bad.

I have c.o.p.d big decision to go ahead with transplant not on list yet I have carbon dioxide. Any pill to get rid in blood stream makes me shake bad.

Everyone: "has carbon dioxide" Are you saying your CO2 blood level is high??? That should make you SLEEPY not SHAKY! Speak with your Pulmonologist (You should be seeinh one) I have a hunch its a LOW OXYGEN which is making you restless... Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Emphysema (Definition)

One type of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) characterized by a loss of lung tissue, causing hyperinflation and increased effort to ...Read more