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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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


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