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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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My father is in ICU under mechanical ventilation because of pneumonia and severe COPD. Anything we can do? IAnything I can suggest to his doctors?

My father is in ICU under mechanical ventilation because of pneumonia and severe COPD. Anything we can do? IAnything I can suggest to his doctors?

Hopefully you trust : the doctors at the iCU taking care of your dad. I would just make sure he has good care and attentive nurses! And visit frequently . Tell him you love him and need him to get better! ...Read more

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My father is 72 he has COPD and is being referred for a chest X-ray for sinister lesions is this likely to be cancer?

My father is 72 he has COPD and is being referred for a chest X-ray for sinister lesions is this likely to be cancer?

Low likelihood: If he has COPD due in part to smoking history, then the risk of lung cancer is higher than in non-smokers. That said, most lesions seen on chest x-ray do not turn out to be cancer. If a lesion was noted on a prior chest x-ray, then it probably did not have features exhibited by typical tumors, thus the wait-and-see approach. This x-ray will be compared to evaluate for growth/changes ...Read more

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Fatherin-law=parksinson;mother inlaw=ocd;wife=pcos;father=copd, mother=highb.P.I'm (36ys) leading a tension ful life.How to become cheerful & relaxed?

Relax! : First things first. These are not your problems. However you can acquire some of them if you don't learn to cope. Smoking is not a coping mechanism. It is an addiction and will lead to COPD and BP problems. Exercise vigorously 30 minutes daily and learn to meditate on a daily basis. Eat a breakfast every day containing protein. Drink 8 glasses of water. Sleep 8 hours. Drop the daily newspaper. ...Read more

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Will radiation therapy for lung cancer make my father's COPD worse?

Will radiation therapy for lung cancer make my father's COPD worse?

Possibly.: Radiation can injure the lung tissue. Therefore since COPD is already an injury they can be additive. The radiation doctor needs to know values for fvc and fev1 (tell you how good the lung is) and consider these in his planning for the radiation. The majority of lung cancer is in smokers and most have copd. So its just how bad it is and how much lung is going to be radiated. ...Read more

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74 year old father has melanoma, congestive heart failure and copd. What are the best forms of treatment?

74 year old father has melanoma, congestive heart failure and copd. What are the best forms of treatment?

Melanoma treatment: Surgical treatment is the best. Find a surgical oncologist, dermatologist or a plastic surgeon that can evaluate this asap. ...Read more

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My father is diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, copd, polycythemia and cronic asthmatic bronchitis. Is he a candidate for lung transplant?

My father is diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, copd, polycythemia and cronic asthmatic bronchitis. Is he a candidate for lung transplant?

Lung transplant: Other factors are considered too, as age, general health, other chronic diseases, the original lung disease and whether it can recur in the transplanted lung, your father needs to be evaluated in a tertiary care hospital, either a university or a teaching hospital, better if they have a transplant program, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Is it unusual for my father's attention span and personality to have changed drastically after his bypass surgery?

Is it unusual for my father's attention span and personality to have changed drastically after his bypass surgery?

Yes: It is not uncommon to have some degree of neurocognitive changes ie slight personality changes and confusion after heart surgery with the heart lung machine especially with increasing age. Major neurological changes may be due to a stroke. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

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