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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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Portable oxygen concentrator advice/comparison for overseas purchase to assist my father who has severe emphysema ?

Portable oxygen concentrator advice/comparison for overseas purchase to assist my father who has severe emphysema ?

Oxygen concentrator: the best place to look is on E-bay but have his physician tell him what liter flow to use based on his disease ...Read more

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I'm worried because my father is a smoker and has emphysema and I have been around him for 16 years what could happen to me, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my father is a smoker and has emphysema and I have been around him for 16 years what could happen to me, what do you suggest?

Very little: You have some second hand smoke exposure which may increase your risk of hyper reactive airway, but as long as you do not smoke it is unlikely you will develop copd. Other testing for Alpha 1 antitrypsin should be done. ...Read more

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My father had quintuple bypass surgery. Will he recover?

My father had quintuple bypass surgery. Will he recover?

Support him: He should recover however he has heart disease. This must be a difficult time for your father and for your family and it's important to remember that life is well worth the living. Your dad needs to understand the extent and limitations of his disease and follow treatment instructions. However, to the degree that he can, he should enjoy life and you and your family can help him to do that ! ...Read more

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Is it possible to do a triple bypass on someone who has copd?

Is it possible to do a triple bypass on someone who has copd?

Yes: Good lung ventilation is needed to come off cardiopulmonary bypass, which is usually done for 3-vessel cabg. Mild COPD may not be a problem. Severe COPD may have problem, though if this bad, probably can't exert enough to benefit from cabg. COPD may prolong time to extubation after surgery. You will be carefully evaluated and tested prior to surgery, unless truly emergent. ...Read more

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If I smoke and have copd, could I die during my bypass surgery?

If I smoke and have copd, could I die during my bypass surgery?

Bypass surgery: Your cardiothoracic surgeon needs to review with you your specific risks heading into surgery. Smoking and COPD are additional risk factors for recovery post-operatively. Your surgeon will make sure that a pulmonologist will follow with him once the surgery is completed. You should be making plans to cease smoking forever given your need for bypass surgery. ...Read more

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Copd patient aged 71. Triple bypass 4 years ago in inhalers .moderate copd stage . What is prognosis like?

Copd patient aged 71. Triple bypass 4 years ago in inhalers .moderate copd stage . What is prognosis like?

Multiple factors: are at play. Optimize cardiac and respiratory treatments , especially preventive measures. Genetics , diet and environment are important factors. By experience, you could have a very good qulaity of life. ...Read more

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My father who is 60 and has COPD is having very bad pressure in his chest with no congestion... What could that be?

My father who is 60 and has COPD is having very bad pressure in his chest with no congestion... What could that be?

See a doctor!: Any chest pressure like that in a 60 yr old needs to be evaluated by a doctor. It could be a problem with his coronary arteries or aorta, or a problem in his lungs like pleurisy or blood clots. Please see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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My father is on oxygen all the time for copd. Is it normal that he is seeing things, especially at night?

Never normal: It's never normal to "see things". There are several possible explanations: medical disease, medicine or drug side-effect, brain injury, etc. The situation should be evaluated by your father's physician. Nighttime visual hallucinations are often have a medical cause. Usually there is effective treatment available to stop these misperceptions. ...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


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