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Doctor insights on: Heart Lung Bypass

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Could having a heart bypass have made fluid accumulate in my father's lungs a few days later?

Could having a heart bypass have made fluid accumulate in my father's lungs a few days later?

Possibly: The bypass should help heart function. However it is a very stressful surgery. If your father's heart already had poor function and unrecoverable tissue damage, he is at high risk of congestive heart failure. A lot of fluids are needed and how well the heart handles them can be unpredictable. I am sure the surgical team looked for evidence of graft malfunction or clotting, which may need surgery. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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My mother aged 50 a diabetic has had a bypass.Heart is working at 30%.She has fluids in her lungs as a result she coughs non stop..Need meds for cough?

My mother aged 50 a diabetic has had a bypass.Heart is working at 30%.She has fluids in her lungs as a result she coughs non stop..Need meds for cough?

Cough: Her cough is probably related to her poor heart function that allows fluid to build up in the lungs. Ask her physician or cardiologist for advise and help... Don't use otc cough meds since she may need to cough up the excess fluid. ...Read more

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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Go to the ER for x-rays and initial treatment
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Use high flow oxygen
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73 year old woman with healthy heart and lungs has been put on oxygen because of low oxygen stat. it will drop for no reason to 70's then go up.

Faulty reading: The most important step to assessing low oxygen is to make sure the pulse oximeter is reading correctly. Pulse oximeters can be effected by nail polish, skin temperature and other things. A common cause of low oxygen is shunting. Sitting for long periods, obesity and shallow breathing due to pain can decrease the amount of lung used for oxygen exchange. ...Read more

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How do I mataine health heart lungs and kindeys?

How do I mataine  health heart lungs and kindeys?

Diet & exercise: Attain and maintain normal weight. Follow a vegetarian or mediterranean diet. Exercise 30 minutes or more daily. Don't smoke. Wear your seatbelt. If you own a firearm, keep it locked. Get enough sleep. Keep a cheerful outlook.Stay involved in activities you enjoy and find meaningful. If you're so inclined, help others do the same. ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Remember to obtain any previous images possibly showing nodule
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Research whether it's best to follow the nodule or to biopsy it
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What do you advise for heart or lungs, an incident while jogging?

What do you advise for heart or lungs, an incident while jogging?

?: Since an accurate diagnosis is the cornerstone of therapy, I would advise pursuing an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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Heart and lung desease symptoms?

Heart and lung desease symptoms?

Many!: There are many symptoms patients complain of that may relate to the heart and lungs--shortness of breath, chest pain, chest pressure, wheezing, and cough are common. Doctors will ask more questions and sometimes order certain tests to narrow the focus to a specific organ system. ...Read more