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Does Having Emphysema Make It Harder For Me To Live On A Breathing Machine
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
Vent: This is always scary and hard to deal with, but the answer to your question depends on so many things! is the physical body strong enough to come off? Is the brain functioning - do they wake up and move and try to communicate? I would say average is 3-7 days. ...Read more
Safe not effective: Its probably safe, but not effective to take dated medication and we never advise it. Have your doctor renew it. ...Read more
Sure: A person can die of respiratory failure, regardless of whether or not she is using mechanical ventilation. That means mechanical ventilation has no guarantee against getting respiratory failure, if she doesn't already have respiratory failure as one of the original reasons for needed mechanical ventilation. ...Read more
Cure? No. : Unless you are morbidly obese, and lose a lot of weight, you can't cure sa. You can manage it though. CPAP works very well, but can be hard to get used to. Keep trying, try different masks, and tallk to your md. If you just can't tolerate it, have a dentist who is trained in sa to make an oral appliance to improve your airflow. Another option is surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cardiology consult: Physicians who specialize in Cardiology can diagnose and treat her heart condition. If she has Congestive Heart Failure there are medications that improve the pumping of the heart and others that can remove fluid from the lungs that builds up. Surgery or assistive devices can also help. A cardiologist can answer your question best. Good luck. Read: http://tinyurl.com/juevnlr ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please rephrase: Maybe you can rephrase this question. It's not clear what you are asking. ...Read more
Yes -that's the idea: Continuous positive airway pressure (cpap), in theory, acts like an "air splint" - keeping the soft, floppy part of the airway open when you inhale. The upper airway is like a floppy tube. If you inhale on one end, the tube will collapse. CPAP helps prevent this. The pressure, however, needs to be adjusted for each individual as the requirements vary from person to person. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more
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