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Emphysema Make Father Will Recover Bypass
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
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?
My father was recently diagnosed with the early stages of emphysema, if he quit smoking would it progress?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Copd patient aged 71. Triple bypass 4 years ago in inhalers .moderate copd stage . What is prognosis like?
Emphysema is also known as COPD. 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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