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Lung (Overview)

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 circulation for cellular use.


Dr. Keith Ramsey
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Best exercise to keep lungs healthy?

Best exercise to keep lungs healthy?

Anything aerobic: Any exercise that makes you breath harder and more deeply and makes your heart beat faster should work. There are many aerobic exercises to choose from. Pick one or more that you like and can stick with for more than a few times. It will take weeks to gain real benefits. ...Read more

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Lung (Overview)

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 circulation for cellular use.


Dr. Karl Spector
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Yes I am a smoker for 15 yrs im about to quit and wanted to know if there is a way to help my lungs heal better?

Yes I am a smoker for 15 yrs im about to quit and wanted to know if there is a way to help my lungs heal better?

Exercise!: Congratulations on quitting! it is, by far, the best thing you can do to help your lungs. There isn't really much else you can do to help your lungs heal any better but certainly regular cardiovascular/aerobic exercise can benefit you in so many ways, healthier lungs are just the beginning! good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Jacob Mirman
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Do the lungs heal themselves?

Do the lungs heal themselves?

Yes: Asthma can be healed, if the cause of inflammation is reversed: http://bookonhealing.Com/conditions/autoimmune-diseases.Html. Emphysema can't be cured because it is irreversible lung destruction. Smoking causes it, as well as other less common causes. To stop progression, stop smoking and other exposures. Other less common lung conditions may or may not be reversible. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Can partially collapsed lungs repair themselves?

Can partially collapsed lungs repair themselves?

Yes: A partially collapsed lung is due to an air leak from the inside of the lung through the covering of the lung, out into the space between the lung and the ribs. The site of the leak has some damage, which will heal itself later. If only a very small amount of air leaked into the chest cavity, that air might go away (reabsorbed by the body) without treatment, and the lung will re-inflate. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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What can cause fluids to go in lungs instead of esophugas?

What can cause fluids to go in lungs instead of esophugas?

It takes a lot: To keep food or water from going into the lungs, it takes a lot of coordination between several muscles working in sequence. That's because the food crosses over the windpipe to get to the food pipe. Anything that interferes with that will cause a mishap. Normally we see that after a stroke. In your age group it most likely happens due to distraction. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Giannone
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Help please? How much time does it take to cleanse my lungs after a cigarette?

Help please? How much time does it take to cleanse my lungs after a cigarette?

Smoking & lungs: The mucociliary elevator mechanism usually cleans out toxins of cigarette smoke within eight weeks from quitting smoking. But the damage done to the lungs, as far as your risk for emphysema and cancer, is permanent. ...Read more

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Dr. Robin Merlino
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What causes you to get fluid on your lungs?

What causes you to get fluid on your lungs?

FLUID IN YOUR LUNGS: MANY POSSIBILITIES INCLUDING PNEUMONIA, TB AND OTHER UNUSUAL INFECTIONS, HEART FAILURE, KIDNEY FAILURE, LIVER FAILURE, AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS LUPUS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS JUST TO NAME A FEW, TRAUMA, CANCER ...Read more

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Dr. Dan Fisher
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What does it mean to have tightened lungs?

What does it mean to have tightened lungs?

Not sure.: I suspect you are referring to a restrictive lung disease. There are many types of restrictive lung disease so it is difficult to say exactly what it means in the long term. Short term, the best indicator of what it means is your performance status - do you have any shortness of breath or discomfort? ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin O'Neil
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Im a smoker and sometimes get this pinch in my lungs so can you let me know what it is and any cures?

Stop smoking: Easier said than done for many people, but there is nothing good about smoking and a lot of bad. Trying self-help programs, hypnosis, over-the-counter medications or prescription medications can help. You should see a doctor to find out what the 'pinch' is from and to get some help with quitting. Good luck. ...Read more

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