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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.


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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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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.


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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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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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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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What does underinflated lungs mean and I am sob all the time?

What does underinflated lungs mean and I am sob all the time?

Restrictive lung dis: Restrictive lung disease could be what you have. A pulmonary physician could help clarify this. ...Read more

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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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Im a smoker and sometimes get this pinch in my lungs so can you let me know what it is and any cures?

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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Where are your lungs located?

Where are your lungs located?

Chest: One on each side within thoracic- chest space. The heart and mediastinum is in between. ...Read more

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How long can a person with fluids around the lungs and organs live?

How long can a person with fluids around the lungs and organs live?

It depends: What caused the fluid, ascites, liver, pneumonia, ...Cancer? I have a guy that five years ago had half lung filled w fluid and he is great today. ...Read more

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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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