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Peak Expiratory Flow (Definition)

Is the maximum effort you can do while blowing the air out (expiration) is an inderect measure how your lungs are within a patient with asthma. Although not exact & varuiable as a follow up value can help ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: peak expiratory flow?

What is the definition or description of: peak expiratory flow?

Maximum effort: Is the maximum effort you can do while blowing the air out (expiration) is an inderect measure how your lungs are within a patient with asthma. Although not exact & varuiable as a follow up value can help patients monitor their asthma. ...Read more

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How long does the peak expiratory flow rate take?

How long does the peak expiratory flow rate take?

Breif: A peak expiratory flow rate is a fairly simple test done, usually as part of a comprehensive pulmonary function test procedure. By itself, a few minutes as one usually is instructed to do several attempts and the best result or average results recorded. A full set of pft's may take 30 minutes to an hour depending on factors like patient cooperation, quality of equipment etc. ...Read more

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What is the normal peak expiratory flow rate of an typical adult?

Depends: Peakflow is based on your height and age. Best to google a peak flow rate calculator (they are free on line). ...Read more

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My peak expiratory flow has never been over 250, Should I be concerned?

My peak expiratory flow has never been over 250, Should I be concerned?

Depends: that seems a bit low. Full pulmonary function tests with a pulmonary MD could help clarify the cause. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my peak expiratory flow has never been over 250, should I be worried?

What do you suggest if my peak expiratory flow has never been over 250, should I be worried?

More information/pft: Yes, for most adults, this would indicate an abnormal amount of air being expired. This may indicate obstruction/restriction or a combination of these conditions. Your physician will guide further testing to determine the underlying cause. Asthma is one of the more common causes of a low PEF. ...Read more

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Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Nicotine & Schiz: There are different ideas about this, but no "written in stone" answers. One is the possibility that nicotine may assist people whose internal "gating" mechanisms may be faulty -- where they have trouble differentiating inner from outer stimuli. Another is that nicotine may simply be more addicting in schizophrenic brains than others. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23919443. ...Read more

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Which gender is more affected by the negative effects of smoking?

Which gender is more affected by the negative effects of smoking?

Both Sexes: Both sexes are affected by smoking. The rates of cancer are approaching 50-50. Women have caught up with men with the number still smoking. Stop Smoking or Don't Start!! ...Read more

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I think smoking has affected my erection strength what can I do to correct this?

I think smoking has affected my erection strength what can I do to correct this?

Smoking and Erection: I am sure this will not come as a surpass, but please quit smoking. I cannot give you any more accurate health information since your question does not include any other facts about your health or your sexual history. But, yes, smoking damages the blood vessels in the body and those in the penis are very sensitive. ...Read more