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Doctor insights on: Does Less Stress Help Heal Emphysema

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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I had a stress test and my o2 remained at 99% throughout the test. Does that rule out COPD or emphysema?

I had a stress test and my o2 remained at 99% throughout the test.  Does that rule out COPD or emphysema?

COPD and stress test: It depends on the "severity" of your copd. Some people are obstructed but have no problem with their oxygen level. You cannot rule out COPD or emphysema just based on a stress test. You can say that if you had copd, it is not that severe since your oxygen remained normal. To rule out copd, one has to undergo pft or pulmonary function tests which would let us know if your airways are obstructed. ...Read more

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Would o2 levels be normal on a stress test if someone had copd?

Would o2 levels be normal on a stress test if someone had copd?

COPD and stress test: It depends on the "severity" of your copd. Some people are obstructed but have no problem with their oxygen level. You cannot rule out COPD or emphysema just based on a stress test. You can say that if you had copd, it is not that severe since your oxygen remained normal. To rule out copd, one has to undergo pft or pulmonary function tests which would let us know if your airways are obstructed. ...Read more

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Is there any research in the works to reduce the stress of copd...Ie: get rid of oxygen?

Is there any research in the works to reduce the stress of copd...Ie: get rid of oxygen?

Help for COPD: Although COPD is not 100% curable, the proper treatment can give relief and improvement that can be very significant. The best course of action is to talk to your doctor about a referral to a doctor who specializes in this disease, usually a pulmonary specialist. ...Read more

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What does this mean ? Impost: Basal & mid inferior wall, basal inferoseptal segments are abnormal , this was finding on an echo stress . I have COPD

What does this mean ? Impost: Basal & mid inferior wall, basal inferoseptal segments are abnormal , this was finding on an echo stress . I have COPD

Stress echo: Depending on the nature of abnormality you likely have disordered heart muscle function in the described areas indicative commonly of coronary artery stenosis ;talk to your physician ...Read more

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I have a condition don't really now may be emphyisema or stress but been with me for almost a decade use to be very bad when started used taro cream for a while ran out its on my inner thihg by groin area on both sides like a rash in contained a lot alot

I have a condition don't really now may be emphyisema or stress but been with me for almost a decade use to be very bad when started used taro cream for a while ran out its on my inner thihg by groin area on both sides like a rash in contained a lot alot

Emphysema : Emphysema is a lung disease most commonly associated with smoking. What you're describing sounds like a yeast infection. This can occur in the folds of the skin, especially in overweight individuals. The key to addressing it in most cases is to keep the area dry and, if necessary, to use an over-the-counter antifungal cream or spray. However, it sounds like you may now have a secondary bacterial infection, which will probably not be treatable without some help from a doctor. ...Read more

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27 years old with hyperinflated lungs? I have had chronic anxiety and stress and am wondering if this could have caused it or is it asthma or copd?

27 years old with hyperinflated lungs? I have had chronic anxiety and stress and am wondering if this could have caused it or is it asthma or copd?

Anxiety or Asthma: Could be either or both. A visit to a pulmonary specialist would clarify that, following thorough medical exam & pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between COPD and asthma? Can stress on top of asthma, allergies, and panic attacks cause copd? I have trouble exhaling fully.

How do you differentiate between COPD and asthma? Can stress on top of asthma, allergies, and panic attacks cause copd? I have trouble exhaling fully.

Reversibility: Asthma and COPD overlap however asthma shows reversible pft changes where the changes with COPD are more fixed. In addition COPD is a disease mostly of older people who have been smokers, asthma can affect anyone including young people and is often associated with a hx of allergies. In some patients the tow disease coexist. Stress/anxiety make both worse but do not "cause" copd. ...Read more

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What are risks of a DOBUTAMINE STRESS Profusion scan.when I have aortic aneursym LV descending and COPD/ autoimmune scleroderama.I only wanted MRA LV?

What are risks of a DOBUTAMINE STRESS Profusion scan.when I have aortic aneursym  LV descending and COPD/ autoimmune scleroderama.I only wanted MRA LV?

Complex: Hard to judge and give you a definitive answer on this platform with a sketchy picture, moreover, the decision on which diagnostic procedure to pursue is in the hands of the treating team, I understand the frustration, but trust your treating physicians, your case is complex and requires constant follow up, wish you wellness ...Read more

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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Emphysema (Definition)

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