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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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How long do a person stay on a breathing machine after being revived?

How long do a person stay on a breathing machine after being revived?

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

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Is it safe to take expired breathing machine medicine?

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

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Can you die from respiratory deemed failure if you are on a trach breathing machine?

Can you die from respiratory deemed failure if you are on a trach breathing machine?

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

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What is the difference between a b-pap and a c-pap breathing machine?

What is the difference between a b-pap and a c-pap breathing machine?

See below.: The CPAP provides continuous pressure throughout the breathing cycle. The bipap provides a higher pressure in inspiration and a lower pressure in exhalation. Best settings and modes are determined by overnight sleep study. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dr gave me an inhaler and a breathing machine because of my phlegm?

What do you suggest if my dr gave me an inhaler and a breathing machine because of my phlegm?

Mgt: If you have produced phlegm for more than 3 weeks, I would suggest a sputum analysis, chest radiograph and antibiotics as needed. ...Read more

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Hi, my grandma has a 20% heart and cannot be put on breathing machine , how long will she live ?

Hi, my grandma has a 20% heart and cannot be put on breathing machine , how long will she live ?

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 more

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Does a cpap breathing machine keep your throat airway open?

Does a cpap breathing machine keep your throat airway open?

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 more

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Could people who suffer of qt long syndrome need a breathing machine?

Could people who suffer of qt long syndrome need a breathing machine?

Yes: However, the this is not the typical treatment for long-QT syndrome by itself. A breathing, or CPAP, machines is generally used to treat sleep apnea. Variations in the heart rate of a patient with both sleep apnea and long QT syndrome, can cause a dangerous combination, making it more important to treat the sleep apnea adequately. Consider a referral to heart rhythm and sleep specialists. ...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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Can you cure sleep apnea without a breathing machine?

Can you cure sleep apnea without a breathing machine?

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 more

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Can people who suffer of qt long syndrome need a breathing machine?

Yes: However, the this is not the typical treatment for long-QT syndrome by itself. A breathing, or CPAP, machines is generally used to treat sleep apnea. Variations in the heart rate of a patient with both sleep apnea and long QT syndrome, can cause a dangerous combination, making it more important to treat the sleep apnea adequately. Consider a referral to heart rhythm and sleep specialists. ...Read more

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Is a magnetic mattress compatible with a breathing machine for apnea?

Is a magnetic mattress compatible with a breathing machine for apnea?

Don't see why not: I can't imagine the magnetic aspect of your mattress would interfere with the operation of your CPAP machine. Shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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Who do I talk to about getting a breathing machine for my asthma?

Who do I talk to about getting a breathing machine for my asthma?

Talk with Dr: Anyone old enough to figure out how to use an inhaler is often better off using one rather than keeping track of the equipment & supplies needed for a nebulizer. This may require a special demonstration & practice &/or use of a spacer. Routine maintenance meds can be delivered to the lungs in a fraction of the time needed to set up a treatment.If you are unable to use one, the dr can prescribe it. ...Read more

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Are face tumors deadly?my boyfriends face is swelling for the past 2 days&hes at the hospital connected to tubes of all kinds&a breathing machine.

Are face tumors deadly?my boyfriends face is swelling for the past 2 days&hes at the hospital connected to tubes of all kinds&a breathing machine.

Not face tumor: malignant tumors of the face, that is of skin, when spreading, do involve lymph nodes of neck or go to lung but do not cause facial swelling. This is from output failure from veins and lymphatics draining face and most likely due to a superior vena cava syndrome due to blockage of main vein in chest. This requires his need for respirator secondary to blockage of airway from facial swelling. ...Read more

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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)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more