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How does emphysema affect your respiratory system?

How does emphysema affect your respiratory system?

Emphysema.: Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort. It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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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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How do you give oxygen to people with advanced emphysema or respiratory distress?

How do you give oxygen to people with advanced emphysema or respiratory distress?

Carefully!: Advanced emphysema and respiratory distress are different. Both may require supplemental oxygen. Respiratory distress may result from many causes other than emphysema and almost always requires extra o2. Pts with severe emphysema or COPD rarely may slow or stop breathing with extra o2 because it takes away their urge to breathe. O2 must be given with extra caution to those pts. ...Read more

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Can steady exposure to carbon monoxide cause respiratory problems like emphysema, copd, asthma?

Can steady exposure to carbon monoxide cause respiratory problems like emphysema, copd, asthma?

Would never happen: Carbon monoxide has strong affinity to the hemoglobin and its diffusibility through membrane is high. Before any other condition like asthma, COPD can occur from it, a person is dead. There will be no study to prove that. ...Read more

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Can emphysema/copd/bronchitis&other respiratory conditions make it feel like the throat/esophagus has cool air in it (no pain) but feels abnormal?

Can emphysema/copd/bronchitis&other respiratory conditions make it feel like the throat/esophagus has cool air in it (no pain) but feels abnormal?

Not described: Never heard or read of an association between what you describe and lung disease. But you could ask a doc for a full examination (history and physical exam) for more reassurance. ...Read more

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What's COPD respiratory disease?

What's COPD respiratory disease?

COPD: COPD stands foe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
As the name says it is chronic disease of the airway which includesEmphysema and Chronic Bronchitis
Most cases are caused by smoking and few others by pollution and occupational exposure
COPD is not reversible and there is no cure for it.
Progession of this condition can be minimised by smoking cessation and prevent the harmful exposure. ...Read more

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What is COPD respiratory failure?

What is COPD respiratory failure?

Lung failure: Respiratory failure is the inability of the lung to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. One of the main causes is COPD with decreased air flow and increased work of breathing. This may cause hypoxemia or hypercarbia or both. Treatment is designed to reverse those abnormalities including oxygen and bronchodilators. Mechanical support may be required for resistent disease. ...Read more

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Can benzos cause respiratory problems to those with no known copd?

Can benzos cause respiratory problems to those with no known copd?

In too high a dose: Benzodiazepines are vastly safer than barbiturates and barbiturate-like drugs because their activities stop at the upper part of the brain and do not, in therapeutic doses, extend to the respiratory centers in the midbrain. Together with alcohol, opiates, other depressant drugs, and in very high doses (or iv) they can and do cause problems, even without copd. Normally, in usual doses, they don't. ...Read more

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What are the usual respiratory tests for copd?

Lung function test: A pulmonary function test is the test of choice for copd. It is a series of breathing maneuvers that one does to see if they have the hallmark finding of copd, which is inability to blow all the air out of the lungs. ...Read more

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Diag. Copd 7/13 fine til heavy yardsprays 5/13. Respiratory distress. Keep rebounding inandout. On albuterol. Scared side affects of advair. Sensitive?

Diag. Copd 7/13 fine til heavy yardsprays 5/13. Respiratory distress. Keep rebounding inandout. On albuterol. Scared side affects of advair. Sensitive?

More therapy: You should avoid poor environmental conditions. You need maintenance therapy with aa laba/ics like advair which is quite safe with minor intolerance such as hoarseness. You also need a lama like spiriva or tudorza to improvee airflow. Lastly you need pulm rehab. ...Read more

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Husband to go to the ER because he is complaining that his chest hurts, he has COPD and he had open heart surgery in oct three years ago, I found him in respiratory failure, he had a trak, prone to get bronchitis and a host of other medical problems. Th

Husband to go to the ER because he is complaining that his chest hurts, he has COPD and he had open heart surgery in oct three years ago, I found him in respiratory failure, he had a trak, prone to get bronchitis and a host of other medical problems. Th

Yes: Got to the er for chest pain. Go to the er for respiratory failure (sob, difficulty breathing, air hunger) although it could also be cardiac failure secondary to a heart attack or angina.
Combination of COPD and heart disease is not good so must see cardiologist and pulmonologist/or internist (if comfortable in managing sever respiratory problems). Past h/o a trach makes him high risk. ...Read more

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I had respiratory failure (cyanosis) during general anaesthetic. The doctor thinks it was anaphylaxis. I am now diagnosed with both COPD stage 2 and asthma. Were these conditions the more likely cause?

I had respiratory failure (cyanosis) during general anaesthetic. The doctor thinks it was anaphylaxis. I am now diagnosed with both COPD stage 2 and asthma. Were these conditions the more likely cause?

COPD is deadly: Anaphylaxis can happen with any drug, but acute postoperative respiratory failure is more commonly caused by underlying lung disease. Stopping smoking several weeks before surgery decreases risk for complications. Of course, the best thing anyone can do for better health is to stop smoking, especially those with lung disease. Smoking with lung disease is like rubbing dirt into a wound. Stop ASAP. ...Read more

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What kind of infections affect the respiratory system?

Respiratory System: Could be parasites, viruses, fungi or bacterial ...Read more

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How heart disorder may affect the respiratory system?

How heart disorder may affect the respiratory system?

Congestion: By affecting the flow and pressures inside the lungs, congestion of the lungs could happen causing respiratory difficulty. ...Read more

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How does eating healthy foods affect the respiratory system?

How does eating healthy foods affect the respiratory system?

Healthy food: Has a positive impact on all organ systems. If you are overweight they can help you loose weight and perhaps breathe more easily. If you have a respiratory problem please see your doctor. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How does drinking affect the respiratory system?

See below: As far as I know, no types of drinks affect the lungs unless you aspirate. ...Read more

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How does tuberculosis affect the respiratory system?

How does tuberculosis affect the respiratory system?

Multiple: Primary TB is usually manifested by fever with few or no pulmonary symptoms. Chest xrays may show lymph node enlargement, fluid in the chest or infiltrates. Later stages may show cavities or endobronchial spread. Cough, fever and weight loss are common. ...Read more

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How does the immune system affect the respiratory system?

How does the immune system affect the respiratory system?

Immunity: It protects us and can also be a major player in the inflammatory pathway or autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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How does ebola affect the respiratory system? How does the disease kill you?

How does ebola affect the respiratory system? How does the disease kill you?

Ebola Virus: A person with Ebola infection may develop cough, chest pain, hemoptysis (coughing up blood), respiratory distress as well as Interstitial pneumonia and pulmonary edema with attempts to hydrate. Shock with capillary leakage, seizures, coma & respiratory distress herald death. ...Read more

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How does congestive heart failure affect the respiratory system?

How does congestive heart failure affect the respiratory system?

Fluid: If the heart fails it allows blood and fluids to build up in the lungs causing difficulty breathing thus the term "congestion". ...Read more

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How does coronary heart disease affect the respiratory system?

It doesn't: Unless the chd has progressed to the point that the heart is failing. Then the lungs become congested with fluid (from the backpressure of a failing heart - also called "congestive heart failure"). The cardinal symptom is breathlessness. ...Read more

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What does the respiratory system do for you?

Exchange gases: The lungs are the major organs of your respiratory system. When you breath in, you take oxygen in through your lungs and when you breath out, you expel carbon dioxide. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: respiratory system?

What is the definition or description of: respiratory system?

Breathing: The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are essential for normal breathing. ...Read more

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Please, can you describe the primary parts of the respiratory system?

The lungs: The respiratory system starts at the nose; tthis is the airwa or series of tubes that deliver the oxygen to the lungs
in the lungs at the alveoli gasas are exchange basically oxygen for carbon dioxiderespiatory system. ...Read more

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I feel like my house is always dusty. Could this be bad for my respiratory system?

I feel like my house is always dusty. Could this be bad for my respiratory system?

Yes and no: Many people live in dusty conditions (mild) for considerable time with no apparent distress. Others may develop mild to severe allergies. Dust contains many microscopic things one of which is dust mites. People can be severely allergic to these and require a lot of treatment. The best thing to do is dust mitigation. Look up on the internet how to reduce home dust problems or see you doctor. ...Read more

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What does a respiratory system do in babies?

What does a respiratory system do in babies?

See below: The same thing as it does in everyone else. Provision of oxygen and elimination of carbon dioxide. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more