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How Does Emphysema Reduce The Amount Of Oxygen Which Diffuses Into The Blood
The destruction in the lung tissue from emphysema makes the oxygen harder to cross into the blood because there is less tissue surface left.
With less air sacs to participate in gas exchange, it is harder for oxygen to cross into the blood. Does that make sense?
That's why people should stop smoking. ...Read more
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
COPD breathlessness gets real bad. I do symbicourt, incruse and a nebulizer with no relief. Blood oxygen is in a he 90's. What more can I do or take.?
See below: I would recommend having a follow up with your pulmonologist. You are on good medications. However, if you are having a flare up, you may need more acute treatment. If you are not, then you may need other testing done, such as an ECHO or maybe try pulmonary rehab. I would be happy to discuss further if you need more information. Hope you feel better. ...Read more
My mom is being hospitalized for pneumonia and a possible blood clot or COPD I'm very worried could it be deadly her oxygen and blood pressure is low?
Unanswerable: There are just too many unknowns here. I am very sorry to hear of your mother's troubles, but it sounds like she is in the right place and getting the right attention. In these scary scenarios this kind of answer must come from the medical team working with her in person. ...Read more
Yes and No: Patients with emphysema are at some risk for developing high carbon dioxide levels (hypercapnea) if given high doses of oxygen. The oxygen will displace the carbon dioxide off of the red blood cell resulting in higher blood levels (haldane effect). However, hypoxia (low oxygen) is more likely to kill a patient than hypercapnea (high co2) so using high dose oxygen may be needed. ...Read more
Not usually: In the late stages of emphysema or copd, patients do not respond normally to stimuli that make normal patients breathe. They only keep breathing in response to low oxygen in their bloodstreams. If they are given too much oxygen, their systems think that they don't need to breathe and they can actually breathe less or stop breathing. This is a rare problem. Oxygen helps most emphysema patients. ...Read more
Is it harder for people with emphysema to get enough oxygen while they're under general anesthesia?
Not usually: Room air contains only 21% oxygen. When a patient is under general anesthesia, we can increase the amount of oxygen breathed to 100% if necessary. So even with emphysema, it is rare to have problems receiving enough oxygen. However, patients with emphysema will have a harder time breathing on their own and recovering after surgery and general anesthesia. ...Read more
I am on supplemental oxygen at night. Can one predict how soon I will need oxygen 24/7? I have severe emphysema.
O2: Really no way to predict it other than to say not smoking and avoiding exposure to smoke will certainly slow that progression down. ...Read more
Bad: Lack of oxygen in emphysema is general and not localized to one part of the body. Most critical and sensitive parts are brain and heart. If there is additional poor circulation to the legs, lack of oxygen will contribute to leg cramps, leg pain, nerve damage, poor wound healing and gangrene. ...Read more
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
Oxygen delivery: Lack of oxygen to any part of the body from any cause may cause ischemia. This causes the cells to do their work via alternate pathways. This causes Lactic Acid buildup pain and eventually cell death. Claudication is a term you may have heard when there is poor circulation to the legs causing pain. The poor circulation reduces the amount of oxygen delivered. ...Read more
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
My mom has emphysema and COPD and is on oxygen... Her nose constantly runs and it's always very cold what can we do to stop the drainage...?
What is the best natural treatment for Mid Sept emphysema, an RS heart failure I don't have oxygen or bronchodilators, doc refused saying they won't work?
Prognosis for untreated stage 3b non small cell lung cancer with low oxygen sats, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and emphysema.
I have mild emphysema could that be what's causing high blood pressure my bp was 140/110 pulse 111 I have had high bp in the past but was treated?
Seeing pulmonarologist tomorrow for sob. Chest x-ray, EKG and blood work all normal. Could it be asthma, COPD or emphysema? Gp said lungs sound clear
Severe COPD and emphysema. Off prednizone a week ago and been on o2 24/7. What could be the cause of o2 dropping apon getting up. Never did before.
Possible O2 time:
The steroids only reduce inflammation. Not improve your oxygen. So possible your lung function severe enough that you may qualify for supplemental o2. Need to have your pft done to determine if your worse or not. Oxygen will improve your survival as well.
Other causes maybe your developing an infection such as pneumonia as well. See your md and test your o2 while walking or at night sleeping. ...Read more
I had a stress test and my o2 remained at 99% throughout the test. Does that rule out COPD or emphysema?
COPD and stress test: It depends on the "severity" of your copd. Some people are obstructed but have no problem with their oxygen level. You cannot rule out COPD or emphysema just based on a stress test. You can say that if you had copd, it is not that severe since your oxygen remained normal. To rule out copd, one has to undergo pft or pulmonary function tests which would let us know if your airways are obstructed. ...Read more
Why am I on Zemaria augmentation therapy? Web says to qualify uM should be less than 11 mine is 19.4. I am PiMZ. Have Emphysema, COPD O2 3 lit.
Complicated: This should be discussed with your lung doc. You may want a second or third opinion lung doc to feel comfortable with the decisions. Life is short and no reason to wait. ...Read more
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