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How do doctors typically check your lungs?

How do doctors typically check your lungs?

Examination: We listen, feel and sometimes look. We use the stethoscope to listen to the breath sounds. Sometimes we assess the lungs by thumping on the chest and/or feel the quality of the vibrations transmitted. The other technique is to look by way of a chest x-ray. ...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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How does the hospital check your lungs to see if they are healthy?

How does the hospital check your lungs to see if they are healthy?

Several ways...: There are several ways to check the status of your lungs. Physical exam and auscultation (listening with a stethoscope) are good starting points. Chest x-ray is a valuable tool. Sometimes additional imaging such as a ct scan might be performed. Lab tests and cultures of material/cells from the lungs (such as a deep sputum) might also help. ...Read more

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Do doctors check your heart regular checkups like how do they know if something is wrong can explain how they check your heart thank you doctor?

Do doctors check your heart regular checkups like how do they know if something is wrong  can explain how they check your heart thank you doctor?

Symptoms, exam, test: A good doctor should talk to you about how you feel. If you have symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, palpitations, light headedness, or chest pain, they should examine you to gain additional data. Experience and clinical acumen can the help them pick the appropriate tests to make a diagnosis. If no symptoms, and exam is normal, your heart is most likely fine. ...Read more

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I was wondering do doctors check to see if your heart is healthy on regular check ups how do they know everything is fine in the heart b?

I was wondering do doctors check to see if your heart is healthy on regular check ups how do they know everything is fine in the heart b?

H&P: A good history and physical exam will diagnosed over 80% or point toward an specific test for a better assessment and diagnosis. If you are healthy stay like that exercising, eating healthy, keeping your weight with a bmi less than 29, avoid smoking, control stress. ...Read more

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Do primary care doctors have the ability to do pulmonary function tests in their office?

Do primary care doctors have the ability to do pulmonary function tests in their office?

Expensive Testing: If they can afford and are trained on the right equipment. These tests are usually done at the pulmonary clinic due to the cost of maintaining and purchasing the appropriate equipment. I would be curious to know why you asked this question. ...Read more

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How do doctors (ob's) check to see if your water has broken? What do they look for?

How do doctors (ob's) check to see if your water has broken? What do they look for?

Physical exam: Your doctor will do a speculum exam and look for a pool of amnionic fluid in the vagina, a nitrazine test that checks the ph of the fluid and will put some of the fluid on a slide and look under the microscope for a ferning like pattern that the fluid will make. In certain circumstances that are very rare, your doctor could do an amniocentesis and place dye in the fluid around the baby. ...Read more

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If your lung collapses, what can the doctors do to help you?

If your lung collapses, what can the doctors do to help you?

Chest tube: Collapse of lung is a vague term. Pneumothorax can cause collapse lung for which patients need chest tube. Atelectasis or mucous plugs can lead to compressed lung picture on cxr and patients needs cpt or incentive spirometry. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to check your eye pressure?

What do doctors do to check your eye pressure?

Eye exam: There are two main ways to clinically check eye pressure - the first is contact using a special dye and is the most accurate. The second is using an air puff which is quick but not as good. There are other types which check through the lid or on the cornea and even a handheld pen-like device but they are not commonly used. ...Read more

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What do doctors look for when they check your eyes?

What do doctors look for when they check your eyes?

Lots of stuff: The eye doctor examines the eyes to determine if they are normal and healthy. This involves a careful examination of the parts of the eye (the anatomy) and the functions of the eye (the physiology). ...Read more

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How do doctors check your blood pressure with the cuff?

How do doctors check your blood pressure with the cuff?

Blood pressu: Watching the numbers and listening for heart sounds to correlate these two to get the readings. When you start to hear the heart and when you can't hear it give you the numbers to go by. ...Read more

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How does a doctor check for problems with your optic nerve? What doctor and how do they check it?

How does a doctor check for problems with your optic nerve? What doctor and how do they check it?

Eye MD: Many tests help check optic nerve: visual acuity, pupil reaction tests, red desaturation, color testing, dilated fundus exam, b scan ultrasound, mri. Your eye md starts with a clinical history that guides the exam and testing. Abnormal findings warrant further investigation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Answers from the doctors...What does marijuana do to your body?

Answers from the doctors...What does marijuana do to your body?

Variable.: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. Some people develop a dry mouth, rapid heart rate or feel hungry.Marijuana smoke contains bronchial irritants. ...Read more

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How do they test for blood clots in your lungs ?

How do they test for blood clots in your lungs ?

Ct scan: A ct scan of the chest is usually done with IV contrast to localize and verify if there is a blood clot in lungs. Sometimes they can do another radiological test called ventilation perfusion scan but these are less reliable. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to stop bleeding in the lungs?

Several things: To stop bleeding in the lungs, we can correct bleeding problems, perform a broncohoscopy with an intervention, or blood vessels can be embolized. ...Read more

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How much urine do doctors need to test for toxemia and how many times do they repeat the 24hour test?

How much urine do doctors need to test for toxemia and how many times do they repeat the 24hour test?

24 hour urine test: 24-hr urine looks at the total amount of protein excreted in the urine throughout a 24-hr period. Amount is not important, 24-hr collection is. The test is often repeated weekly or sometimes even more often until delivery. The purpose of repeat testing is to balance timing of delivery - not too early for premature baby, not too late for serious risks to mother. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hypothyroid, ra, MS and other problems, when the blood work said high lymph nodes, how do you know which doctor to go to when this comes up?

What to do if I have hypothyroid, ra, MS and other problems, when the blood work said high lymph nodes, how do you know which doctor to go to when this comes up?

Are you sure?: It would be unusual to have both ms and rheumatoid, but I have seen it. You may mean high lymphocyte numbers, but to see if this is an issue, contact your main doctor. If you do have ms, certain drugs for your arthritis would be contra-indicated, so you may need some future guidance and co-ordination. ...Read more

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What do doctors listen for when they listen to your lungs?

What do doctors listen for when they listen to your lungs?

Breath sounds: in normal lungs sound like "leaves rustling in a wind-blown forest" as one book describes (McGowan). But the doctor is mainly trying to detect abnormal sounds such as wheezing (can be diffuse or localized and have specific causes), or rales or harsh sand paper like sounds. Absent or reduced lung sounds indicate emphysema or a pneumothorax. ...Read more

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When u ask a surgeon how many operations they performed how do you check if they are telling the truth?

When u ask a surgeon how many operations they performed how do you check if they are telling the truth?

Discernment : It is hard to double check something like that. The surgeon them self might not actually be quite aware. Probably what you are really asking is whether or not the surgeon has sufficient experience in the procedure being proposed. If you don't feel real comfortable with the answer they give you, I would not really push for a specific number, I would trust your discernment and go elsewhere. ...Read more

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